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The Simpol Campaign goes stateside
What the world needs now is more cooperation, and, you know, the level-heads necessary to make it happen. When you think cooperation and level-headedness, the US might not quite be the first place that springs to mind, but here at Simpol, we’re committed to empowering citizens in all countries around the world to drive greater cooperation from their leaders where it’s needed most.
“For the last few months we’ve been busy preparing for the US release of The SIMPOL Solution, the latest book on why we need more cooperation in the world, and how our thinking needs to change to do it.
“To coincide with the release, we’ve been busy taking part in some interviews to help get the Simpol conversation in the US going, so that we can bring the campaign for global solutions to new audiences there.
“We’re in Evonomics!
“For those who are fed up with the meaningless ‘ding-dong’ between the political parties, Simpol offers a way to cut through that, driving all politicians towards implementing what really matters: a sustainable and just world.”
David Sloan Wilson – American evolutionary biologist extraordinaire, recently read and loved The SIMPOL Solution so much, he invited John and Nick to discuss the book, it’s genesis and their hopes for Simpol as part of an interview for Evonomics – economic thinking that can change the world for the better.
Tom Amarque, author, philosopher and podcaster recently interviewed John and Nick for his “Lateral Conversations” podcast at this link.
If you’ve got friends stateside that might be interested in helping to solve the world’s biggest problems, do consider sharing it with them, or better yet – connect them with us!
Calling all London-based supporters!
What are you doing on Tuesday 10 July? Simpol founder John Bunzl will be giving a short TED-style talk followed by chat over a few pints at Green Drinks – a regular green industry networking evening in Brixton. The evening kicks off at 18.30 at The Dogstar Bar, London, SW9 8LG.
Something rather Simpol happened in UK politics. We doubled the number of pledged MPs! But what about Germany?
John Bunzl says:
Yes, the UK election was special, and we’re not just talking about the reported youth voter turnout or the Labour resurgence.
Bringing together MPs from across the political divide, including:
- Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats),
- Caroline Lucas (Green Party),
- John McDonnell (Labour),
- Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative)
- and Marion Fellows (SNP)
Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped get us there!
We’ll be working hard in the coming months to engage our MPs and in recruiting all those MPs who don’t yet support the campaign.
Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org – if you’d like to be involved in what happens next.
Next week John Bunzl will be co-hosting and speaking about the Simpol solution at the Laszlo Institute’s conference: “New Paradigm in Politics & Economy” which will be held on the 23rd-24th May 2017 in Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
This conference will bring together some of the world’s thinkers who recognise that a new approach to economics that can underpin new political structures is urgently needed, requiring creativity and resourcefulness as well as the willpower to change an outmoded ‘Establishment’.
They recognise this need for change and will be presenting innovative and sometimes radical examples of real world initiatives that are changing the face of politics and economics and introducing more adaptive approaches to world problems.
Climate change, mass migration, unfettered corporate power, religious fanaticism, inequality, the rise of the far right . . . Individually these problems are tough enough; combined, they’re surely insurmountable. Or are they?
The Simpol Solution explains why our efforts to deal with these issues are failing and proposes new ways of thinking that can help us tackle them. Drawing on a multinational movement already gaining momentum among politicians and academics, this game-changing book proposes a solution which shows that solving global problems could be closer than we think.
‘The Simpol Solution takes a welcome fresh look at political/economic reality and clearly explains the psychology behind why we need new eyes to see how we might force politicians to change the world on our behalf.’ – Joris Luyendijk, author, journalist and talk-show host
‘I nodded until I got a crick in my neck. I haven’t read a book for years that I agreed with so deeply and so consistently – nor felt so keenly that these are messages the world needs to hear.’ – Simon Anholt, founder, the Good Country Index
‘The Simpol Solution shows the real possibilities of a worldcentric paradigm shift, transcending from a competitive to a cooperative evolution and mode of consciousness. A real pleasure to read and a potential political pathbreaker.’ – Professor Ugo Mattei, University of California
‘A courageous and urgently needed book.’ – Ervin Laszlo, author, philosopher and evolutionary systems theorist
John Bunzl – Founder & Trustee
International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO)
“There are too many checks and balances in the U.S. political system. Both Congress and the Senate may be under Republican control, but the Republican Party is far from synonymous with Trump. And in a highly interdependent world our political leaders don’t have nearly as much power as we think.
Reassurance then gives way as we, the ‘Broad Middle’, are arraigned:
“No, the real danger now is not Trump, Brexit or the rise of the Far Right but the failure of the rest of us – the Broad Middle, as we might call ourselves – to take globalization seriously. The widespread distrust of the political mainstream may be stoked by immigration, unemployment and wealth inequality, but the deeper driver of all these issues is actually globalization. Or, to be more precise, unregulated globalization”.
He then quotes Gordon Brown’s analysis following the Brexit result: “The elephant in the room is globalisation – the speed, scope and scale of the seismic shifts in our global economy. And the most obvious manifestation of the world we have lost is the hollowing out of our industrial towns as a result of the collapse of manufacturing in the face of Asian competition. These towns are home to a disproportionate share of the semi-skilled workers who feel on the wrong side of globalisation and who opted to vote leave. Unable to see how globalisation can be tamed in their interests, they have, not surprisingly, become recruits to an anti-globalisation movement whose lightning rod is migration.”
And asserts that the deeper driver of all these issues is actually unregulated globalisation, itemising a few of the international agreements and regulations needed if the global economy is to work for all:
- Binding agreements on climate change,
- on raising fair taxes on the rich and the multi-national corporate tax avoiders
- and re-distributing the revenue generated to poorer nations, allowing their peoples to make a decent living at home instead of having to migrate.
He says that instead of focusing on these objectives we’ve allowed ourselves to be distracted by all manner of other peripheral concerns. While we, citizens, have immersed ourselves in identity politics, anti-war protesting, and the like, mainstream politicians have been treading water, unable to see the new globalized reality through their out-dated national glasses.
Only when we focus on binding global agreements will we be taking globalization seriously. For only then can we make common cause with the poor and the disaffected middle classes who should be supporting us but who, because of our distraction, have instead been lured to the political extremes.
That doesn’t mean a global government, only global cooperation
His new book, The Simpol Solution, written with Nick Duffell, sets out the process by which the Broad Middle can make binding global agreements happen and make them stick. Noam Chomsky said , “It’s ambitious and provocative. Can it work? Certainly worth a serious try”.
And Simon Anholt commented, “I nodded until I got a crick in my neck. I haven’t read a book for years that I agreed with so deeply and so consistently – nor felt so keenly that these are messages the world needs to hear. The clarity, simplicity and profound importance of this book are beyond question. Please read it, and please encourage others to do the same.”
Read the full article here: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-bunzl/donald-trump_b_12879498.html