Solving the world’s biggest problems: The SIMPOL solution

John Bunzl has developed the brilliant idea of SIMPOL (Simultaneous Politics) and successfully brought forward in Uk and a few other countries. Although the revolutionary outcomes can be achieved by the work of relatively few people — and volunteers are still needed for many countries — your understanding and your signing up for the idea is needed. If you want to gain back influence on national and, yes, global politics, this is the community you need to join.

You don’t know what SIMPOL is exactly? No problem. Watch our conversation at The Wisdom Factory with John Bunzl and his co-author of the new book , Nick Duffell from June 7th 2018.

John and Nick were so kind to write a text exclusively for The Wisdom Factory. It might give you the information you are looking for and inspire you to jump aboard!


Are you feeling globalized, polarized and fed-up?

It’s tough to admit it, but neither political Left nor political Right offer any lasting solutions to the key problems facing us, whether nationally or globally. Climate change, immigration, threatened national identities, austerity and wealth-inequality continue to blight the international landscape. While culture wars leave politics increasingly polarized and ossified, the ‘reasonable centre ground’ that used to demarcate the extremes and that most of us used to stand on has also has been washed away, since that, too, failed to provide solutions.

We need a different way of thinking

Another way of looking at it is that today’s problems simply aren’t solvable using our present way of thinking, as Albert Einstein famously said. It’s not so much that our problems are the problem, rather it’s our thinking that’s flawed and has to move to a whole new level before genuine solutions can emerge.

This is exactly what co-authors John Bunzl and Nick Duffell propose in The Simpol Solution — Solving global problems may be easier than we think. Extending thinking to that new level and explaining how the Simultaneous Policy (SIMPOL) campaign could solve global problems is the subject of the discussion hosted by The Wisdom

Governments are impotent when it comes to global issues

The key factor that they explain is how impotent governments are. Under our present nation-centric thinking habit, we continue to overlook how each nation’s need to keep its economy competitive in the global market has stripped governments of the ability to act on the problems we face. Staying competitive and attractive to inward investors and the jobs they bring means a series of drastic compromises: maintaining low taxes for the rich, keeping immigration flowing for cheap labour, removing environmental regulations to keep business costs down, and so on. Staying ‘internationally competitive’ just makes things worse because it ties governments’ hands, locking them into a neoliberal policy framework from which there’s no escape.

What party you vote for doesn’t make any difference

That’s why whatever party we elect, the policies delivered end up being much the same: a phenomenon the authors call ‘pseudo-democracy’. It’s only when your thinking moves to the higher world-centric vantage point that you can actually see the systemic vicious circle that international competitiveness represents. Only then do you understand why global problems remain unsolved and why people are so fed-up with politics and either move to the extremes, or try to bring down the existing order, or give up on voting altogether.

We need global solutions for global problems: SIMPOL is a possibility!

From this perspective, you can see why something like the Simultaneous Policy is indispensible. The SIMPOL Solution, and the radically new way it invites us to use our votes to drive the politicians of all parties towards the global cooperation necessary for solving our problems, can now be seen as a radical tool to put citizens back in the driving seat.

An introduction to SIMPOL during a show with THE WISDOM FACTORY

The book THE SIMPOL SOLUTION is endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Ken Wilber, David Sloan Wilson, Ervin Laszlo and many others, the book is now out also in the U.S. and Canada

The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think about Solving the World’s Biggest Problems American edition)

The SIMPOL Solution: Saving Global Problems Could Be Easier Than We Think (UK edition)



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Heidi Hörnlein

Heidi Hörnlein

Podcast host, coach and voice teacher. Integralist and organiser of co-creative conversations on events and experiences. Retreat in Italy.