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Jul. 18: Scilla Elworthy endorses Global Domestic Politics book

Scilla Elworthy, founder of the Oxford Research Group and long-time campaigner for nuclear disarmament and peace, has endorsed John Bunzl's new book, Global Domestic Politics - A citizen's guide to running a diverse planet. "I think it’s a terrific book," she said. "You are writing with great clarity and it makes all the difference that you bring in Spiral Dynamics and Integral thinking. This allows you to make such strong points about diverse values and non democratic nations. Until I read your clear analysis, I hadn’t realised just how much destructive international competition is central to governments’ problems".

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: 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 proposal 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.

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.

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Sep. 30: John Bunzl presents Simpol at Conway Hall

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: 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.

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.

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. 

August 9: Simpol presented to KCL students

John at KCL (Photo: Tessa Adelaar)

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, presented Simpol to students of global governance at King's College London on 9th August. Entitled "Global governance: international organisations in crisis"the course is led by visiting research fellow, Diana Bozhilova.

Diana has invited John to speak about global governance and Simpol. John suggested that neither our present global institutions, nor nation-states, can solve mounting global problems. He suggested that a civil society initiative such as Simpol might therefore offer a plausible way out.

August 8: John Bunzl at KCL Climate Change Round table

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, was a panelist at a Round table on climate change at King's College, London on 8th August, 2pm entitled "Beyond Kyoto - Diverse avenues or impasse for climate governance?" Other panelists included the Rt Hon. John Gummer (Lord Deben), Ruth Davis (Senior advisor on climate change, Greenpeace UK), and Ms. Alesha De-Freitas (Head, Low Carbon Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office). The event was organised by visitig professor, Dr. Diana Bozhilova AKC.

Mark Horler speaks on Democratising the Global Political Commons

See Simpol-UK trustee, Mark Horler, addressing a seminar on Democratising the Global Commons on May 7th in London. Speaking alongside the renowned advocate for the Commons, James Quilligan, Mark explains why Simpol could provide a very plausible way to achieve the task. To see the video, click here.

The seminar was just one of a series organised by the School of Commoning. Simpol-UK looks forward to a fruitful association with SoC.

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.

April 29th: Simpol at BetterWorldForum 2012

Simpol founder, John Bunzl, will present Simpol as part of the BetterWorldForum 2012 online conference being held over two weekends, 21/22nd and 28/29th April. Many prominent change agents and thought leaders will be presenting at the event, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, Hazel Henderson and John Perkins. John Bunzl will speak about Simpol in an hour-long dialogue on Sunday 29th April 10am (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) or 3pm (UK time). John will discuss how we can use our votes in our national elections to drive our politicians and governments to cooperate internationally to solve global problems. To see the full schedule and to register, click here.

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Brussels in retreat on banker bonuses

"A plan to cap bankers' bonuses across Europe is close to being scrapped", says The Sunday Times (26.8.12). "The cap was  put forward by members of the European Parliament this year amid heightened calls for additional curbs on bankers. ... Banks have lobbied against the proposals, arguing that the curbs would place European institutions at a competitive disadvantage to international peers."

Simpol comments: Time to wake up to the fact that bankers' bonuses, like so many other global problems, will only be solved by global governance. Please support Simpol to make it happen.

Simpol International News

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Raising awareness...

Review of Richard Barrett's new book

Richard Barrett's important new book, Love, Fear and the Destiny of Nations, has been reviewed by Simpol's founder, John Bunzl. Click here to read the review.

New Book: Evolutionaries

When it comes to evolution, we’ve all heard about fossils and fruit flies, Darwin and Dawkins. But evolution embraces much more. Today, a movement of visionary scientists, philosophers, and spiritual thinkers are forging a new understanding of evolution that honors science, reframes culture, and radically updates spirituality. Carter Phipps calls them “Evolutionaries.” For more about the book, click here.

New Book: Future Money

Monetary expert, James Robertson, explains how our money system is propelling us toward the self-destruction of our species. It also shows clearly how our money system operates and how it could be reformed so that it acts for the benefit of people and society rather than the opposite, and describes the obstacles that currently prevent that reform. For more, and to order, please click here.

R-evolution - the movie

R-evolution - the movie. A film that takes the pulse of the world's consciousness. New from World Servers Foundation. For more, click here.