The International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO)
Simpol and ISPO
Simpol is the short name for the Simultaneous Policy. The Simpol campaign is run by the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO).
Simpol offers citizens around the world a way we can use our votes in our national elections to drive politicians and governments to cooperate to solve global problems. Arguably, it's the world's first and only form of global electoral politics. Anyone can become involved in the campaign by signing up as a Simpol supporter, which is free of charge.
The policy content is to be developed by citizens only once sufficient support in principle for Simpol is forthcoming from politicians around the world. When that time comes, policy development processes will be launched and hosted by each national Simpol organisation, so permitting citizens to design and ultimately approve Simpol's policy content. Prior to implementation, the governments of non-democratic countries would be invited to participate to ensure adequate global coverage.
At national level, each incorporated national Simpol organisation is accountable to a Board of Trustees elected by its members. Supporters can become members, usually by paying a fee and members agree to accept the national organisation’s Founding Declaration. National Simpol organisations are incorporated as not-for-profit entities according to local laws and customs.
At international level, the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) is at present an informal organisation. It will be formally incorporated when sufficient national Simpol organisations have been incorporated. ISPO co-ordinates the Simpol campaign and will, when the time comes, oversee the development of Simpol’s policy content. ISPO is accountable to its national organisations who agree to accept ISPO’s Founding Declaration.
To preserve thier independence, neither ISPO nor national Simpol organisations are permitted to accept funding from for-profit organisations. They therefore rely entirely on donations from individual citizens. Please click here if you would like to make a donation.
Who started Simpol?
The Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) started as an idea which occurred to British businessman, John Bunzl, towards the end of 1998. It was then developed and published in the book The Simultaneous Policy – An Insider’s Guide to Saving Humanity and the Planet in 2001. Campaigning started soon afterwards.
John is a passionate and lucid speaker on global consciousness and global governance. For more information, please visit his personal website.
How can I contact ISPO and how can I support Simpol and get involved?
Campaigning for Simpol primarily takes place not at the global level, but in each nation. Supporting Simpol is free. You can register your support here. But we encourage you to see if there is a national Simpol organisation already operating in your country and to get involved with it. Please go to Simpol in your country.
To contact ISPO, please click here.
ISPO Trustee Board (Provisional)
Mike Brady – National Contact, Brazil
Mike Brady has taken on the role as National Contact for Brazil until a national Adopter comes forward to replace the past coordinator, who sadly passed away. Mike spends time in Brazil as his wife is Brazilian. Mike, who is 41, has worked in Malawi and Africa both as an engineer and a science teacher and for the past 10 years has been Campaigns Coordinator at a small NGO, running one of the best known consumer campaigns. Mike set up the first Simpol Adopters’ Group in Cambridge in 2003, organising a series of policy fora and signing up the first UK candidate and Member of Parliament in support of Simpol. Mike has been both an elected Trustee and member of the Management Board of Simpol-UK and is currently the Chair of the elected Simpol-UK Policy Committee. As well as promoting Simpol through grassroots campaigning, including theatre, Mike pursues new technology routes, such as Second Life and internet radio.
John Bunzl – ISPO Founder and Coordinator
John initiated the Simpol concept in 1998 and since founded the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) to campaign for the adoption of Simpol around the world. He is author of The Simultaneous Policy - An Insider's Guide to Saving Humanity and the Planet, has given lectures and workshops on Simpol to many conferences, including to the World Trade Organisation, the World Social Forum and the Schumacher Society. Apart from being an activist, he is also a company director of a business specialising in raw materials and speciality papers. He was born in 1957 in London.
H.A. Shankaranarayana – National Coordinator, India
I am a professor and programme director at the Acharya Institute of Management Sciences, Bangalore (www.acharyainstitutions.org and www.acharyaims.ac.in). I have a masters degree in economics, and my Ph.D. in business administration is in its final stages. I am a member of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), John Hopkins, and a founder-member of the Third Sector Research Interest Group (India), Mysore. I have produced a status paper titled "THIRD SECTOR IN KARNATAKA - A STATUS PAPER," funded by the Ford Foundation. Karnataka state is a federal entity of the union of India with a population of 50 million about the size of Germany. I was invited by TRADCO, a trading organisation, to undertake a Europen Union study involving countries like Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. The study was concerned with the role of social capital in international trade.
Hugh Steadman – National Coordinator, New Zealand
Hugh Steadman is a graduate of the RMA Sandhurst and holds a degree in Politics and International Relations. Having resigned from the army, he started a business in York which he sold in 1984. He then emigrated with his family to New Zealand, where he established a food processing business. In the wake of the recent invasion of Iraq, he withdrew from the family firm and founded the Sapiens Movement as New Zealand's only lobby group advocating the surrender of a portion of national sovereignty to a global system of democratic governance. Having studied all the other movements around the world, which are working towards this end, Hugh decided that Simpol represented the most immediate practicable possibility of success. He therefore approached Simpol International with the suggestion that he should help establish a New Zealand affiliate. Simpol-NZ was incorporated as a registered society towards the end of 2006 and Hugh is acting as temporary Chief Executive during its start up phase. Hugh has retained an interest in Middle Eastern affairs from his military service and runs a Website dealing with the problem of finding peace between Palestinians and Israelis. He also writes professionally on matters relating to defence and international relations.
Dirk Weller - National Coordinator, Germany
Dirk Weller is a psychologist and market researcher. He specialises in organisational, media and communications psychology. From 2001 to 2011 he worked for Psychonomics, part of the YouGov organisation. He became National Coordinator of Simpol-Gemany in 2012.
Gill Wright - International Outreach
Gill Wright has a background in integrative health, metaphysics, music and inter-faith studies. Her professional life has as its underlying focus the evolution of human consciousness, the journey of evolving ideas, ideals and creativity which serve as stepping stones on the way of unfolding development, across the spectrum of human endeavour. Gill is a Co-director of World Servers Foundation and was a former Vice President of the Club of Budapest International. Amongst her many initiatives are The Health Partnership, a multi-disciplinary clinic, and United Pathways, an educational charity. Gill is assisting Simpol to deepen and extend its international outreach.
ISPO Honourary Advisory Board
The following prominent people have agreed to serve on ISPO's Honourary Advisory Board. They are not necessarily formal supporters of Simpol but are supportive of ISPO's aims and are advising on various aspects of the organisation's development.
Dr. Desmond Berghofer
Desmond Berghofer, Ph.D., is President of Creative Learning International (www.creative-learning.ca), a consulting firm in leadership and the creative management of change in Vancouver, Canada. He is also the co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership and Chair of the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning. His professional career includes 11 years, from 1977 to1988, as Assistant Deputy Minister of Advanced Education with the Government of Alberta. He has represented Canada internationally through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
As an author and speaker, Desmond displays a passionate concern for the future of the planet and its citizens. His powerful first book, The Visioneers: A Courage Story about Belief in the Future, overflows with his conviction that people who understand the larger picture will care for their earthly home. He developed this value growing up in a farming family in Queensland, Australia.
Desmond is a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO where he contributes to the sustainability agenda. His paper presented to the Commission’s Annual General Meeting in May of 2004, entitled
“Creating a Knowledge Society:
The Building Blocks of a New Transcendent Humanity”
has received considerable international attention.
Desmond lives in Vancouver, Canada. His e-mail address is desgerri(at)direct.ca
Dr. José Ramos-Horta
Born in 1949, Dr. José Ramos-Horta is the Foreign Minister of East Timor. In 1996, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding contribution to the liberation of East Timor. The Nobel Committee cited Dr. Horta as "the leading international spokesman for East Timor's cause since 1975." He is also the winner of the Leitzman Award and a recipient of honourary doctorates from many universities.
Dr. Horta is an accomplished public speaker and communicator in English, French, Portugese and Tetin, the language of East Timor. His decisive role in securing independence for East Timor after years of advocacy at all levels marks Dr. Horta out as an exemplar of inclusive and non-sectoral leadership.
John Renesch is an advisor, mentor, futurist and writer on matters of social and organizational change. He believes that commerce holds the key to bringing about a global shift of human consciousness thus creating a future of tremendous possibility for humankind – the possibility that will allow humanity to transcend the inevitable future that can be projected from current trends.
John has four decades of experience as a business owner and entrepreneur. He left his chief executive position in the real estate investment industry in the mid-1980s and, after a period of personal introspection prompted by his concerns for the future, he embarked upon a new path.
An Oxford-educated writer and speaker on monetary and economic affairs, James Robertson has been acclaimed as "the leading new economics writer in the UK." His best-known book is probably The Sane Alternative: A Choice of Futures (1978, 1983). Other books include Future Work: Jobs, Self-Employment and Leisure after the Industrial Age (1985), Future Wealth: A New Economics for the 21st Century (1990), Transforming Economic Life: A Millennial Challenge (1998), A New Economics of Sustainable Development (a Briefing for the European Commission) (2000), and Creating New Money: A Monetary Reform for the Information Age (co-authored with Joseph Huber) (2000). His latest book, Monetary Reform — Making it Happen! (coauthored with ISPO Founder and Director, John Bunzl) (2004) has been praised as "a brilliant treatment of a question which has never been so urgent" by Guardian columnist and author, George Monbiot.
After serving on British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s staff during his "Wind of Change" tour of Africa in 1960, Robertson spent three years in the Cabinet Office. Following that he became Director of inter-bank research for the big British banks. In the mid-1980s Robertson was a prominent co-founder of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) and the New Economics Foundation. In October 2003, at the XXIX annual conference of the Pio Manzu Research Centre, Rimini, Italy (closely associated with the UN), he was awarded a gold medal for his "remarkable contribution to the promotion of a new economics grounded in social and spiritual values" over the past 25 years.
Diana Schumacher has read History at Oxford University, worked for the British Council in the London HQ in the Education division and subsequently for the University of Chicago’s Department of Business Studies. In 1979, together with her husband, she set up Schumacher Projects partnership, a management and environmental consultancy. She is now also a non-executive director of Work Structuring Limited, a company founded by her husband focused on organisational renewal and the creation of ’whole’ work systems.
In addition to the above, since the early 1970s Diana has been actively involved in the international and UK environmental movement. Her main interests are the 4 E’s – Energy, Environment, Education and Economics – all intimately connected basics of a holistic approach to sustainability.
Diana serves or has served on the executive councils of over twenty-five environmental organisations, including The Environmental Action Group for Europe (ECOROPA), The Other Economic Summit (TOES) (founder member), The New Economics Foundation (founder member/trustee), The Green Alliance (executive member), The Gandhi Foundation (trustee), and The Church of England Environmental Issues Reference Panel (now defunct). She was a founder member of the Churches’ Energy Group and former patron of Christian Ecology Link (CEL). In 1981, she co-founded the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) of which she was Vice Chair until 1999, and is still very active on the Executive Council and as Vice President.
In 1978 Diana became a founder member of the Schumacher Society of which she was President from 1989 to 2000. She maintains an active role as Council Member. Apart from lecturing internationally she instituted and annually donated the prestigious "Schumacher Award" for unsung heroes and heroines in the community and environment movement. Together with Lord Attenborough Diana also instituted and donated the annual UK Gandhi Peace Award.
Diana is the co-founder of "Green Books", a small independent specialist publishing company under the aegis of Schumacher Society. She is also Patron of Schumacher College an innovative international think tank where she was an advisory council member during the start-up period (1991-1994). She is an active supporter of a number of other ethical and environmental organisations including the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, UK Social Investment Forum (patron) and a Council Member of the Global Women’s Network.
Diana is a frequent contributor to journals and magazines on the subjects of energy, environment and holistic thinking, and is on the editorial board of European Business Review and the Warmer Bulletin. Her own publications include Energy: Crisis or Opportunity?, Going Solar, Solar Flatplate Collectors for Developing Countries and numerous anthology contributions.
Ken Wilber is the first thinker and writer to have his collected works published while still alive. With 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages, he is the most widely translated academic writer in the United States. Ken is the internationally acknowledged originator of Integral Theory and the founder of the Integral Institute.