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Simpol international news archive

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2015

Nov. 15 2015: Simpol at Conference on Collective Action on Climate

John Bunzl

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, addressed a conference on The Psychology of Inspired Collective Action on Climate Change held in London on 21st November 2015. Organised by CONFER, this cutting-edge conference will examine psychological processes that help or hinder collective action. See this video. For more, go here.

Oct. 19: 50 Canadian candidates sign the Pledge

Canadian Parliament, Ottawa

50 candidates standing in the Canadian Federal election on Oct. 19th signed the Simpol Pledge.  See the full list here. Unfortunately none were elected to parliament but our campaign continues! Canadian citizens are invited to sign the Simpol Petition to increase the pressure on politicians. 

Mar. 15: Nigel Martin endorses Simpol

Nigel Martin

Nigel Martin, founder of the Forum for Democratic Global Governance, an NGO working to make institutions such as the G-20 more accountable, has endorsed Simpol. "What I  admire about your book," says Mr. Martin, "is the breadth of your knowledge, the inherent logic of your approach and your courage to be solution-oriented. I believe that the Simpol approach is doable and may, as you argue, be more realistic than any other approach at this point in time."

2014

Dec. 10: Simpol & Peace Child International collaborate

David Woollcombe

David Woollcombe, Co-Founder and Trustee of Peace Child International, an NGO working to improve the life chances of young people globally, has strongly endorsed John Bunzl's latest book on Simpol entitled Global Domestic Politics. "Like many I meet," David said, "you have a great grasp of the apocalypse towards which we are hurtling. Unlike most, you have a plausible, viable proposal for avoiding that apocalypse". PCI and Simpol are now exploring how they can cooperate more closely in future.

Aug. 18: Simpol meets Norway's Bard Solhjell MP

From left: Tore Hofstad, Bård Vegar Solhjell MP, John Bunzl

Simpol-Norway Coordinator, Tore Hofstad, and Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, met with Norwegian MP, Bård Vegar Solhjell, on 18th August. Mr Solhjell confirmed that keeping the national economy competitive was always the context in which all political decisions are considered. 

Aug. 29: Simpol at Rheinische Forum

National Coordinator for Simpol-Germany, Dirk Weller, gave a keynote speech on Simpol at a meeting of the Rheinische Forum on 29th August in Bad Honnef, Germany. Go here for more.

Jul. 30: Simpol to be presented at Oslo University

Simpol's Founder, John Bunzl, will give a presentation to students at the University of Oslo, Norway on Monday 18th August on "How global markets undermine democracy and what we can do about it". The presentation will be introduced by political scientist, Øivind Bratberg, and will be followed by a commentary from social anthropologist and globalisation specialist, Thomas Hylland Eriksen. The meeting is being co-hosted by Simpol-Norway and Machiavellisk Forum and will take place at 10.30-12.30 in Auditorium 2, Eilert Sundts hus (See Map). For further information, contact Tore Hofstad.

Jun 20: Bunzl comments on Paehlke Global Citizenship paper

Prof. Robert Paehlke

A paper on global citizenship by Prof. Robert Paehlke has been published by the Great Transition Initiative (GTI). GTI have also published comments from Simpol founder John Bunzl and other prominent global activists and thinkers. Bunzl's comment highlights that "citizenship" at any level is illusory unless you can exercise a legally binding vote; an attribute which, at the global level, Simpol is unique in offering.

June 7: Euro Elections - Simpol's results

Thanks to action taken by our supporters, we're delighted to announce the following results:

Number of Simpol-pledged MEPs: 5

  • Claude Moraes (Labour, London)
  • Keith Taylor, (Green, UK SE)
  • Alyn Smith (SNP, Scotland)
  • Catherine Stihler (Labour, Scotland)
  • David Martin (Labour, Scotland).

Candidates that signed the Simpol Pledge: 27

Number of EU countries with pledged candidates: 6

Please download and share our Press Release.

Jun 7: Breaking new ground in IR and Political Science?

Nick Davis

Comments coming in from political scientists and International Relations theorists indicate that Simpol may be breaking new ground in these important academic disciplines. Nick R. Davis, a political scientist affiliated to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee offers his comments here.

Jun 4: Thomas Hylland Eriksen endorses Simpol

Norwegian professor of social anthropology, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, has endorsed the Simpol campaign. “Nearly everything has been globalised except democracy, and the challenges facing humanity in this century cannot possibly be dealt with by states acting on their own. John Bunzl’s proposal is as original as it is pertinent, and would represent a huge step forward in promoting collective goals beyond those of the nation-state.” An acknowledged authority on nationalism, identity and globalisation, Prof. Eriksen currently runs a research project called Overheating.

May 20: Niccolo Rinaldi first Italian MEP to sign the Pledge!

Niccolo Rinaldi MEP, of the Scelta Europea grouping (European Choice), has become the first Italian MEP to sign the Simpol Pledge. In signing, Mr. Rinaldi said "As a candidate for Scelta Europea and as a Member of the European Parliament, I confirm my support for the Simpol campaign. At present my support is given in principle in the sense that I support Simpol as a process for bringing the governments of sufficient nations together around a cooperative agreement to solve the global problems we're confronted with. I will encourage my party and its members to participate in this initiative".

May 20: Gina Dowding signs the Simpol Pledge

Green Party Nr.2 candidate for the North West Euro constituency, Gina Dowding, is one of many Greens to sign the Simpol Pledge. In signing it, she said "This is a much needed campaign (and method) to get concerted action on big issues of the day, and requires strong leadership and commitment from all parties".

May 16: David Martin MEP signs the Pledge

David Martin MEP

David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland, is the latest Euro candidate to sign the Simpol Pledge. Thanks to vigorous campaigning by Scottish Simpol supporters, David is the fourth Scottish Euro candidate to sign, following Alyn Smith MEP (SNP), Catherine Stihler MEP (Labour) and George Lyon MEP (Sc. LibDems). Signalling to politicians that we'll be voting for ANY candidate, within reason, that signs on to Simpol seems to be having the desired effect. To see all politicians from around the world who have signed the Pledge, go here.

May 14: More awake?

Najib Karim

The European elections now underway are showing that politicians may be more awake than we think. A number of candidates from countries across Europe have signed the Simpol Pledge. Among them is German FDP candidate for Hamburg, Najib Karim. On signing the Pledge, Mr. Karim said "Global problems need a simultaneous policy. I hope that more and more people understand that and I am glad that I can support Simpol with my pledge."

28 Apr: Ian Murray MP signs up!

Great news! Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South, has signed the Simpol Pledge. Following closely on the Pledge made by George Lyon MEP, it's been a busy but productive week for Simpol-UK. For more on Ian, visit his website.

25 Apr: George Lyon MEP signs Simpol Pledge!

We're delighted to announce that George Lyon MEP, Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP for the Euro constituency of Scotland has signed the Simpol Pledge! This is a great start to Simpol's European election campaign and congratulations go to Simpol-supporter, Andy Lippok, who told George Lyon about the campaign.  To see all parliamentarians who have signed the Pledge, go here.

Simpol at Integral Europe Conference

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, and National Coordinator for Simpol Germany, Dirk Weller, will be giving a joint keynote presentation at the forthcoming Integral Europe Conference in Budapest, 8-11th May. Highlighting the leading edge in integral thinking, amongst the other keynote speakers will be Susanne Cook-Greuter and Thomas Hübl

Apr.2014: Simpol-Norway now online

Simpol's Norwegian campaign is now up and running! Under the guidance of National Coordinator, Tore Hofstad, we invite Norwegian citizens to visit the Simpol-NO site and to sign on to the campaign.

Mar. 21: UK Values Alliance

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl will give a presentation to the UK Values Alliance in London on 21st March, 2014. Stand by for further information.

Jan. 16: New on HuffPost: Hollande: Why those who 'play away' always get found out

It's not so much President Francois Hollande's sexual indiscretions that have been 'found out', argues Simpol's founder John Bunzl in his latest article on the Huffington Post, but the impracticality, in a global market, of his left-wing policies. Are our national politicians free to choose their political agenda? Or must they now follow only a market-friendly agenda whether they (and we) like it or not?

2013

Dec. 5: Now on openDemocracy: What's Wrong with International Summitry?

Articles from Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, can now be found on openDemocracy. His first article, What's Wrong with International Summitry - and What we can do about it, explains just that!

Dec. 3: Annan wrong about the national interest being a barrier to climate action

Kofi Annan

Following the recent disappointing UN climate talks in Warsaw, former  Secretary General, Kofi Annan, admonished governments to "put aside narrow national interests". But in his latest Huffington Post article, John Bunzl, shows that the national interest need not be the barrier Annan thinks it is. Rather, if substantive cooperation is to occur, it has to be designed to be in each nation's interests. By compensating emissions reductions with, for example, the revenues from a global tax on currency transactions, every nation could win. Drastic and immediate action on emissions could thus be made to be in each nation's self-interest. 

Dec: Simpol launches in Iceland

Under the guidance of National Contact, Arni Karlsson, Simpol-Iceland recently launched its campaign. Supported by a new website and having all the advantages of a small nation, we're hoping for swift progress. Any Icelandic supporters wishing to get involved, please contact Arni.

Oct. 29: Brand: The answers he should have given Paxman

Russell Brand

UK comedian turned activist, Russell Brand, recently made a strong case for global justice in his BBC Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman. But Brand sadly failed to answer Paxman's key question: How? How do you get change if you don't engage with politics? In his latest Huffington Post blog article, Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, offers Brand an answer.

Sep. 3: Simpol's German election campaign scores first hit!

Sebastian Czich

Simpol-Germany is celebrating the receipt of its first Pledge from a candidate standing in the up-coming 2013 Federal Elections (Bundestagswahl). In declaring his support for Simpol, one of the candidates for the German Pirate Party in Sachsen, Sebastian Czich, said "We can only solve our planet's problems if we act together." Welcome on board, Herr Czich!

Aug. 15-18: Simpol at Swedish Social Web Camp

Simpol's Swedish National Contact, Maria Ehrling, will represent Simpol at this year's Swedish Social Web Camp, a meeting of top social networking specialists. Maria will be focusing on making connections in preparation for launching Simpol's campaign in Sweden.

Jun. 30: Simpol at Almedalen Week in Visby (Sweden)

Simpol's Swedish National Contact, Maria Ehrling, will represent Simpol at Almedalen Week (30th June - 7th July). Held in Visby on the island of Gotland, Almedalen Week is an annual event organised by the main Swedish political parties to engage the views of civil society on the key challenges we face.

May 23-26: Simpol at Men-Maenner International Symposium

Simpol's John Bunzl will be a speaker at the Men-Maenner International Symposium for men entitled "Men and the Future: Sex, Authenticity and Power" taking place near Frankfurt, Germany from 23-26th May, some tickets are still available.

What does it mean to be a man in the 21st Century? What challenges do we face, both in our personal lives, as fathers, and as we confront the global problems our world faces? Featuring top presenters and experts on men's issues, psychotherapy and gender relations, proceedings will be in both German and English. For more or to book, please visit the Men-Maenner website.

Simpol in "Compass of New Thought"

The Simpol campaign is mentioned prominently in The Compass of New Thought (Kompass Neues Denken), a new book by German philosopher, Nathalie Knapp.

"Simpol," Knapp says, "stands for an international politics of simultaneous action in which no country need fear becoming economically uncompetitive when implementing political decisions, such as a minimum wage or new environmental regulations. But Simpol also reminds us of the word "simple", because things become a great deal simpler if a certain synchronisation can be achieved when implementing decisions. It's important to understand, then, that when our planet is at stake, we are all playing on the same team."

The book, in German, can be obtained here.

Apr. 17: Huff Post: The Right mourn Thatcher; the Left, any sense of direction

Coinciding with the funeral of Baroness Thatcher on 17th April, the Huffington Post published this article by Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, reflecting on the legacy of the "divisive" former British Prime Minister, and what it means for those on the Left and for democracy itself.

Mar. 22: EnlightenNext Germany publishes Simpol article

The latest issue of Impulse, the magazine of leading German consciousness and culture movement, EnlightenNext, features an article on global consciousness by Simpol's John Bunzl. Entitled Global oder gar nicht: Warum Ihre Lebensmittelkosten steigen, wenn Sie zu klein denken, German speakers can read it here.

Mar. 20: Huff Post: Why global governance is key to world happiness

In a new article on the Huffington Post coinciding with the UN's Day of Happiness on 20th March, Simpol's founder John Bunzl explains the link between happiness and global governance. Can we truly be happy while so many of our fellow humans are suffering? And what do we need to change that? Read it here.

Mar. 13 2013: First Luxembourg MP signs Simpol Pledge

Dr. Jean Colombera MP
Alfred Groff

Dr. Jean Colombera, a Member of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies, has become the first MP from that country to sign the Simpol Pledge. Dr. Colombera signed the Pledge on 13th March and represents the Nord constituency. He is also a physician.

Alfred Groff, Simpol's National Coordinator for Luxembourg, welcomed the news saying "We have only just started campaigning in Luxembourg. So Dr. Colombera's support for Simpol is a hopeful and encouraging sign for the campaign's future success."

Jan. 30: Economist David K. Levine endorses Simpol

Game theory specialist, David K. Levine, John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics at Washington University, St. Louis, USA, has endorsed the Simpol campaign. Impressed by John Bunzl's recent TEDx presentation, The Political Prisoner's Dilemma, read Prof. Levine's endorsement here.

IEET publishes article on Simpol

The U.S.-based Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) has published a new article by John Bunzl entitled "Why international competitiveness trumps ethics and accountability". How does the drive to enhance national economic competitiveness often trump the ethical and accountable introduction of new, controversial technologies. And what can be done about it? Read it here.

James J. Hughes Ph.D., Executive Director of IEET, commented that "Simpol does get at the nub of the problem; the prisoner's dilemma that stymies individual nations from enacting policies."

14 Jan. 2013: Switzerland gets Simpol (copy 1)

A presentation of Simpol will be given in Switzerland's commercial capital, Zurich, in the evening of 14th January, 2013. Organised by the Swiss Integral Party, for more details on John Bunzl's talk, please contact Cecile Cassini.

New article: "Men, Power, and Politics"

Nick Duffell
Robert Fischer

Why do women, in the fields of business and politics, often display much the same competitive, power-oriented behaviour as men? In this new article, Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, offers some possible answers. To read the article, please click here.

John will be participating at the Men-Maenner International Symposium entitled Men and the Future: Sex, Authenticity and Power taking place 23-26 May, 2013 near Frankfurt, Germany. He will be presenting his ideas alongside renowned gender psychologists, Nick Duffell and Robert Fischer and many other leaders in the field. For more information on the event, please click here.

Jan. 8. 2013: Why thinking too small increases your food bill

Top blog, the Huffington Post, today published an article by Simpol's John Bunzl asking why we still look for merely national solutions to global problems. With food prices set to rise due to poor harvests caused by global warming and other global problems impacting our daily lives, what might the cost be of thinking too small? Read it here.

2012

Dec. 12: Huffington Post: Starbucks' tax payment

Top blog, The Huffington Post, carries a new article by Simpol's John Bunzl about Starbucks and its 'voluntary tax payment'. Hot espresso, or just luke-warm filter coffee? Read it here.

Dec. 11: John Renesch joins Simpol's Advisory Board

Advisor, mentor, futurist and writer on matters of social and organizational change, John Renesch has joined Simpol's Advisory Board. John is passionate about the role commerce can play in 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. For more on John, go here.

Dec. 9: John Bunzl's TEDx Berlin talk now online

John Bunzl (Photo: Sebastian Gabsch)

Simpol founder John Bunzl's TEDx talk at TEDx Berlin's "Crossing Borders" confrence on 23rd November is now online. Entitled The Political Prisoner's Dilemma, John uses the story of Max and Moritz, the two hapless naughty boys from German folklore, to make his point. The two boys are picked up by the police for a minor offence, but the police also suspect them of something more serious. Will the boys keep quiet and get off lightly, or will they incriminate each other? And why do our politicians find themselves in much the same position - and how do we help them out? See the talk (in English) here.

Dec. 6: John Bunzl interviewed by Deutsche Welle

Germany's top international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, interviewed John Bunzl about the unique opportunity Simpol offers to achieve global social justice and environmental sustainablity. Contrasting Simpol's approach, which uses our votes, with approaches such as Avaaz which use only petitions, the interview shows how some NGOs still fail to catch on to this crucial difference. Interviewed by reporter, Cinnamon Nippard, you can hear it (in English) here.

Nov. 28: John Bunzl's 'Max and Moritz' story picked up by Handelsblatt


Max and Moritz
John Bunzl at TEDx Berlin (Photo: Sebastian Gabsch)

"Explaining the world through Max and Moritz". That was the headline of Germany's top commercial newsblog, Handelsblatt, picking up on the two hapless naughty boys from German folklore that Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, used in his presentation at TEDx Berlin on 23rd November.

The two boys are locked up by the police and so find themselves caught - rather like all nations in the global economy - in a "prisoner's dilemma". Read the Handelsblatt article (in German) here. See the video of John's TEDx presentation (in English) here. Photos of the event can be seen here.

Nov. 2012: Simpol article just published in Journal of Integral Theory

Ken Wilber

An article by Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, arguing Simpol to be a transcendent, transformative means of achieving a form of binding, people-centred global governance has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice.

Entitled Transcending 1st-Tier Values in Achieving Binding Democratic Global Governance, the article was also the subject of a recent online dialogue between John Bunzl and the founder of Interal Theory, Ken Wilber.

Wilber commented: "This is another absolutely fascinating article. John addresses the central issues concerning how global governance can be achieved even when only 5% of the global population is at Integral. This work moves the global governance conversation forward considerably. The Simpol campaign offers a 2nd-tier political practice that makes a great deal of sense, and is certainly worth backing."

You can also hear Wilber in dialogue with John Bunzl on IntegralLife about this article here.

Nov 5: Simpol on Huffington Post!

With environmentalists bemoaning the absence of any mention of climate change in the recent U.S. Presidential debates, top blog The Huffington Post runs this article by Simpol founder, John Bunzl, which offers a solution: Swing voters, Mr. President? UK has the answer.

Oct. 9 2012: Simpol short-listed for Global+5 award

Former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou (left) with Karin Hagemann of KPMG (centre) and John Bunzl of Simpol. [Photo: Tom Bunzl]

"Which innovative projects and ideas could have the biggest global impact 5 years from now?" That's the challenge of the Global+5 awards organised by The Global Journal, a magazine specialising in global governance issues. Simpol was among 21 short-listed projects judged by a jury including former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, Pascal Lamy, Director General of the WTO, and David Held of Durham University. 

Unfortunately, neither Simpol nor any other global governance proposals were selected for an award as the judges seemed to prefer humanitarian or scientific projects. But both George Papandreou and another judge, Karin Hagemann, a top management consultant with KPMG, both personally felt Simpol offered a very innovative solution to the central dilemma facing today's politicians: the impossible task of reconciling democracy and social and economic justice with the need to keep their national economies internationally competitive.

Sept. 10: Dr. Hans Koechler endorses Simpol

Dr. Hans Koechler, professor of philosophy and president of the International Progress Organisation, has commented very favourably on the Simpol campaign: "In our era of global challenges and increasing interconnectedness between nation-states, transnational coordination among concerned citizens has become an indispensable element of democracy. I hope that many voters will make use of Simpol's innovative approach." 

The International Progress Organisation enjoys consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the UN. It encourages cultural exchange between all nations, attempts to promote tolerance towards all nationalities and cultures, and emphasizes human liberties, social and economic development, peace, and the international rule of law.

Sept. 7th: Ken Wilber dialogues with John Bunzl on IntegralLife

Ken Wilber, founder of Integral Theory, and John Bunzl dialogue about global governance and how Simpol may be key in achieving it. Available in several parts, the dialogue can be heard here.  It is based on a new article by John to appear shortly in the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice entitled Transcending 1st-Tier Values in Achieving Binding Democratic Global Governance. Wilber has described Simpol as "a 2nd-tier political practice that makes a great deal of sense, and is certainly worth backing" and is a member of Simpol's Advisory Board.

PCDN interviews John Bunzl

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, has been interviewed by Maha Hilal of the Peace & Collaborative Development Network (PCDN). To read the interview, click here.

PCDN is a free professional networking site that fosters dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields.

Simpol presented at Conway Hall, London

John Bunzl will deliver a presentation at Conway Hall in London on 30th September, 2012. Entitled "Thinking like Einstein", John will speak about how we can move from nation-centric to world-centric thinking, and will show Simpol, not only to be an example of world-centric thinking in action, but a way citizens can drive politicians to solve global problems. For more, click here.

Sep. 2-5th: Simpol at Oxford Globalisation Conference

John Bunzl with Prof. Kamran Mofid

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, addressed the 10th Annual International Oxford Conference on 2-5th September, 2012. Organised by the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI) which is led by Prof. Kamran Mofid, the theme of the conference was "Theology, philosophy, ethics, spirituality and economics: A call to dialogue". The subject of John's presentation: "Current Problems Require New Thinking". For more information on GCGI, please click here.

August 8: John Bunzl at KCL Climate Change Round table

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, will be a panelist at a Round table event at King's College, London on 8th August, 2pm entitled "Beyond Kyoto - Diverse avenues or impasse for climate governance?" Other panelists include the Rt Hon. John Gummer, member of the House of Lords, Ruth Davis, senior advisor on Climate Change at Greenpeace UK and Alesha De-Freitas, head of the Low Carbon Europe Team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For more info, click here.

Aug. 1: Simpol-Austria to launch soon...

Yolanda Kramer

Simpol-Austria will launch very soon under the guidance of National Coordinator, Yolanda Kramer. Based in Vienna, Yolanda is an HR and organisational consultant.

If you're from Austria and would like to be involved, please contact Yolanda for more information.

July 31: Simpol at "Kongress für Integrale Politik"

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, gave a presentation and workshop on Simpol at the "Kongress für Integrale Politik" , a major conference on integral politics being held in Götzis, Austria, 28th July to 5th August. John's presentation was given in German on 31st July (pm).

July 29: Simpol at Celebrate Life Festival

John Bunzl presented Simpol at the Celebrate Life Festival in Germany on 29th July. Attended by over 1200 people, and held near Bremen from 26th July - 5th August, CLF is a project of "Sharing the Presence", an organisation led by Thomas Hübl.

John's presentation entitled "Simpol: eine integrale Umsetzung weltzentrischen Bewusstseins in weltzentrischen, politischen Aktivismus"  [Simpol: matching our world-centric compassion with a new kind of world-centric political action] was given in German.

June 26: Rio+20 Disappointment - Why are we not surprised?

Here we go again: As the Rio+20 global sustainability summit closes, NGOs line up to bemoan the lack of a decisive outcome. "We didn't get the Future We Want in Rio, because we do not have the leaders we need", said Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace, to cite but one example.

In a new blog piece published today, Simpol's founder John Bunzl suggests NGOs need to realise that destructive international competition means that governments simply aren't in a position to deliver. So, not only does civil society need to adopt a new strategy that places it in a position of control, Bunzl suggests how this might be done. To view his blog, click here.

June 17: Simpol goes down a storm in Germany!

Dennis Wittrock of Integrales Forum (left) welcomes German National Coordinator, Dirk Weller, on stage (Photo: Mathias Weitbrecht)

Following a one-week tour presenting Simpol to audiences in various northern German cities, a keynote presentation by Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, and German National Coordinator, Dirk Weller, to the German Integral Forum's annual conference in Berlin was greeted with huge enthusiasm. The launch of Simpol-Deutschland was also formally announced and enthusiastic supporters are now busy helping Dirk to get the German campaign on the road.

John tries out his German...with a little help from Dirk. (Photo: Dennis Wittrock)

In a skype interview the evening before, the prominent philosopher and founder of Integral Theory, Ken Wilber, suggested that Simpol was likely to be one of the integral "killer apps" of the coming years.

Conducted in German, John and Dirk's presentation was entitled "Matching worldcentric care and compassion with a new kind of worldcentric political action". For a copy of the slide presentation, with notes in German and English, please contact us.

Anke
Carola

But we couldn't be worldcentric all the time: Having presented Simpol as a genuinely world-centric form of open source global politics, a good time was had by all watching the Euro 2012 soccer championships (Germany vs. Denmark). Simpol-DE supporters, Anke Lessmann and Carola Giese-Brandt who have been busy translating many Simpol books and articles into German, did a good job flying the German flag.

To contact Dirk Weller or to help out with Simpol's German campaign, please contact us.

June 17: German campaign launched

Simpol Germany was officially launched by German National Coordinator, Dirk Weller, and Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, at the German 'Integrales Forum' in June 2012. A new German website is now online at http://de.simpol.org.

Funding has been coming in to support the launch. So far, we've reached 68% of our funding target - a big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated! If you'd like to donate to help us finally hit the target, please click here. To contact Dirk Weller or to get involved with the campaign, please click here.

June 15-17th: John to speak at German Integral Forum

Simpol founder, John Bunzl, will give a keynote address to the annual conference of the German "Integrales Forum" being held in Berlin from 15-17th June 2012. Speaking alongside many prominent integral thinkers and practitioners, John will present Simpol as well as announce the official launch of Simpol-Germany. For more on the Integrales Forum , click here

May 17: Radio EnlightenNext interviews Dirk Weller & John Bunzl

Tom Steininger

Attention Simpol Supporters in Germany!

Tom Steininger of EnlightenNext Germany will dialogue live on Radio EnlightenNext with Simpol-Germany's National Coordinator, Dirk Weller, and Simpol's founder, John Bunzl. Being broadcast in German on Thursday, 17th May starting at 8pm (German time), you can listen to the interview here. Founded by spiritual teacher, Andrew Cohen, EnlightenNext Germany is a leading educational organisation focused on personal and cultural development.

May 7th: Mark Horler to speak at seminar with James Quilligan in London

Simpol-UK trustee, Mark Horler, addressed a seminar on Democratising the Global Political Commons on May 7th in London. He explained why Simpol could provide a very plausible answer. Also, the well-known advocate of 'the commons', James Quilligan spoke. The seminar was just one of a series organised by the School of Commoning. To hear Mark Horler's talk, click here.

Terry Patten interviews John Bunzl

Terry Patten

Integral teacher, Terry Patten, interviewed John Bunzl on May 13th as part of Terry's excellent Beyond Awakening interview series. John explains more about global consciousness and how Simpol offers a solution to global problems. To listen to this and other inspiring interviews, click here. To read Terry's blog about his interview with John, please click here.

April 29th: Simpol at BetterWorldForum 2012

Simpol founder, John Bunzl, presented Simpol as part of the BetterWorldForum 2012 online conference held over two weekends, 21/22nd and 28/29th April. Many prominent change agents and thought leaders presented at the event, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, Hazel Henderson and John Perkins. John Bunzl spoke about Simpol in an hour-long dialogue on Sunday 29th April. John discussed how we can use our votes in our national elections to drive our politicians and governments to cooperate internationally to solve global problems.

April 10th: Article by Bunzl published in Journal of Integral Theory

An article by Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, appears in the latest (March) issue of the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice. Entitled Discovering an Integral Civic Consciousness in a Global Age, the article defines civics as an awareness of the need for governance to solve problems at any level, from local to global. It analyses modern, postmodern and early-integral levels of civic awareness and shows them to be inadequate for dealing with today's global problems. Only a late-integral (Vision-logic) civic awareness, John argues, can meet the challenge. To download the article, click here. It appears in the March issue of Journal of Integral Theory & Practice. For more of John's articles based on Integral Theory, click here.

April 4th: Gill Wright joins Simpol's Trustee Board

Gill Wright, teacher and practitioner in metaphysics, integrative health and inter-faith studies, has kindly agreed to join Simpol's international Trustee Board. Gill is also a trustee of World Servers Foundation and was formerly a Vice-President of the Club of Budapest. We are delighted to welcome Gill to Simpol's growing international team! For more about Gill, please click here.

March 2012: Ken Wilber joins Simpol's Advisory Board

Ken Wilber, prominent author, philosopher and founder of Integral Theory has kindly agreed to join Simpol's Advisory Board. Describing Simpol as "a 2nd-tier political practice that makes a great deal of sense, and is certainly worth backing", Ken has long advocated some form of binding global governance as a solution to global problems. Ken's decision to join the Advisory Board follows a number of articles on Simpol and global governance written by John Bunzl for the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice. For more information or to download these articles, please click here.

March 2012: Simpol partners with World Servers Foundation

Finding they share the same objective of global cooperation, Simpol and World Servers Foundation (WSF) have become partners and have agreed to explore and cooperate on projects of common interest.

The vision statement of WSF states: "Our vision is a world where collaboraton and cooperation are recognised as essential in solving the contemporary challenges - social, economic, political and environmental - facing the global community."

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