Breaking down the barriers to solving world problems

Sep. 2-5th: John to present at Oxford Globalisation Conference

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, will address the 10th Annual International Oxford Conference taking place 2-5th September, 2012. Organised by the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI), the theme of the conference will be "Theology, philosophy, ethics, spirituality and economics: A call to dialogue". The subject of John's presentation will be "Current Problems Require New Thinking". For more information and to register to attend, please click here.

Ken Wilber to dialogue with John Bunzl on IntegralLife

Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber, founder of Integral Theory, and John Bunzl will dialogue about global governance and how it may be achieved. Recorded on 30th May for webcasting during August on IntegralLife, Ken has described Simpol as "a 2nd-tier political practice that makes a great deal of sense, and is certainly worth backing".

Ken and John focus on John's latest article, "Transcending 1st-tier Values in Achieving Democratic Global Governance", which is to be published later this year in the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice. Stand by for more info on when the recording will be online.

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.

Radio EnlightenNext: Tom Steininger interviews John Bunzl and Dirk Weller

Tom Steininger of EnlightenNext Germany interviewed Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, and National Coodinator of Simpol-Deutschland, Dirk Weller.

The interview was done as a live Podcast live to Radio EnlightenNext's aproximately 500 listeners who had the opportunity, in the second half of the programme, to put their questions. The conversation covered both the political realities Simpol hopes to overcome and inner, cultural and psychological barriers. John's good German came as a pleasant surprise!

EnlightenNext is a network focusing on the evolution of consciousness. You can hear or download the interview Opens external link in new windowhere. 

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 the interview, click here.

TEDx: See John Bunzl "Thinking Like Einstein"

John on stage at Goodenough College, London, May 5th 2012

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl gave a TEDx  presentation at Goodenough College, Bloomsbury in London on 5th May. The TEDx event was entitled The Future of Humanity - the Big Picture, and John's presentation, "Thinking like Einstein", explains what global thinking really means. You may think you think globally, but do you? Check it out! Click here to see the video. 

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Recent news items

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 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.


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.

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.

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SIMPOL WORKSHOP at the GIN conference in Luxembourg

Young people from 4 continents took part in the first SIMPOL workshop in LUXEMBOURG with the title "Global Governance, simultaneous policy and direct democracy". This workshop moderated by Alfred Groff was part of the Global Issues Network Conference "Coming together to empower all communities" (Opens external link in new window held March 14-16,2013 in the Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg with over 250 participants.