Today, global economic fragility, social alienation and environmental breakdown seem to point to a time of crisis for all humanity.
‒ A. Keith Smiley, who inspired us "to perceive problems as opportunities." (1980)
A clearer awareness and appreciation of all relationships of life on earth are at the heart of our mission. We focus our efforts primarily on the Hudson Valley while incorporating global, national and local perspectives. Through public awards, forums, conferences and other public meetings, we encourage dialogue from many viewpoints.
Since the 1870s, Mohonk Mountain House in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York has served as a gathering place for those seeking solutions to a range of social problems. The beauties of the natural surroundings at Mohonk, along with the Quaker traditions of peaceful inclusiveness, provide a unique atmosphere for the useful exchange of ideas.
Some meetings at Mohonk significantly influenced public policy, including, for instance, the Mohonk International Arbitration Conferences held between 1895 and 1916. It is generally considered that from these came the formation of such groups as the American Society of International Law, the New York Peace Society, the World Peace Foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Through those Mohonk Conferences, most importantly, came the far-reaching idea of a permanent international tribunal of arbitration. This idea led to the International Peace Conferences at The Hague, Netherlands (1899, 1907) and the permanent Court of Arbitration, popularly called the Hague Tribunal. After WWI, the Hague Conferences served as a model that contributed to the formation of the League of Nations and United Nations.
To carry on these traditions, the late A. Keith Smiley, a descendent of Mohonk's founders, created Mohonk Consultations Inc., a charitable 501 (c) (3) organization, in 1980.