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Dear Dr. Stigitz:
It is our very great pleasure to present you with the original artwork herewith enclosed, a gift of The Blossom Project.
The purpose of the Blossom Project is to inspire people to do their best to serve the needs of global community, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The enclosed watercolour painting is one of 19 we are sending out as gifts to individuals or groups able to bring about positive change in the world.
Each painting is a token of acknowledgement for work already done. Each is a gesture of encouragement for work that may yet be undertaken in the future.
Specifically, we wish to acknowledge your numerous projects that challenge orthodox approaches to development that put the agenda of wealthy nations first. To cite just a few examples: your call for reform of international monetary policy; your questioning of key concepts such as GDP and standard measures of economic well-being; your analysis of the economics of war; your insights into the inequities in the flow of information between rich and poor economies.
We encourage you to continue to challenge the status-quo thinking just as you did during your tenure as Chief Economist at the world bank. We encourage you to keep writing and teaching concepts that challenge free-market “fundamentalism.”
The enclosures provide background on The Blossom Project, the paintings, the recipients, the Millennium Development Goals, and ourselves.
All the information, including a copy of this letter, may be viewed online at www.theblossomproject.org. Should you chose to respond to us, you may do so directly on the website, by email at email@example.com or by regular mail, address below. We would love to hear from you!
Marlene Yuzak and Allan Casey
The Blossom Project 120 – 9th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7N 0A2