Breaking down the barriers to solving world problems
 

Welcome to Simpol's global site

Simpol invites citizens around the world to use their votes in a powerful new way to encourage politicians to solve global problems like global warming, financial market regulation, environmental destruction, war, and social injustice.

Simpol offers us a way to take action on global problems; problems individual governments cannot resolve by acting alone.

That’s because these problems cross national boundaries, and because competition between governments to attract investment and jobs means the markets - not the people - end up calling the shots.

Governments cannot act alone to solve these problems because any government doing so would make its economy uncompetitive, leading to inflation, unemployment, or even economic collapse. Any government that moved first would lose out! While governments remain stuck, it's the markets that continue to run politics - not we, the people.

Simpol aims to break this vicious circle by encouraging people around the world to use their votes in a completely new way to oblige politicians and governments to cooperate globally in implementing appropriate policies simultaneously for the good of all.

Only by implementing policies simultaneously can our problems be resolved in a way that no nation, corporation, or citizen loses out to its peers. Only by acting globally and simultaneously can governments regain control over global markets. If all nations act together, everybody wins.

Simultaneous implementation would ensure that no country became uncompetitive as a result of pursuing policies that were right for the planet and which embodied our higher aspirations. But politicians will not act together globally unless we make them!

So, please act now by signing up as a Simpol Supporter
which costs you nothing.

By supporting Simpol you are taking politics back! You are telling politicians you’ll be voting in future national elections, not for a particular candidate or party, but for ANY candidate or party, within reason, who has signed the Simpol Pledge; a declaration of support for a process leading to the simultaneous implementation of a range of policies to solve global problems. Or, if you have a party preference, your support signifies you want your preferred party to make that Pledge.

In that way, you still retain the ultimate right to vote as you please. But you are also clearly indicating to politicians that you’ll be giving strong preference to those who have signed the Pledge, to the exclusion of those who haven’t. With many parliamentary seats, and even entire national elections, hanging on a relatively low number of votes, even a relatively small block of Simpol supporters can make it in the vital interests of politicians to sign the Pledge. This is the simple mechanism Simpol supporters use to advance our cause. It's the simple mechanism we're using to take politics back

And it works. Thanks to our supporters, these politicians already support the campaign.

Simpol's approach is peaceful, open, democratic, and it's free. By supporting Simpol, you gain the opportunity to

  • contribute, if you wish, to the formulation of specific policies to solve global problems, and
  • you join with others to use your vote in a new and effective way to drive the politicians of all parties and countries to implement those policies together.

By supporting Simpol, you are joining with others around the world to make us all a part of the global political solution!

Simpol around the world

National Simpol campaigns are already running in many countries around the world and politicians in many nations have already signed the Simpol Pledge. To read about Simpol in your language and to get involved in the campaign in your country, please click here.

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Global problems? How you - yes you - can solve them

National Simpol campaigns

For Simpol campaigns in other countries, please click here.

Simpol latest news...

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."

UK citizens: Please sign Simpol's election Petition now!

Thanks to many UK citizens who have signed the Simpol Petition, over 400 candidates standing in the national election on May 7th have pledged their support for Simpol so far. In many constituencies, more than one candidate has signed. In some, all the main candidates have signed, meaning that whoever wins on May 7th, Simpol wins! If you're a UK citizen, please sign the Petition now. You can see all the candidates who have signed on here.

UK Election: the results so far...

Pledged candidates by party:

  Greens: 223

  LibDems: 109

  Labour: 43

  Conservative: 4

  Others: 44

Total: 423

See some of the comments about Simpol made by candidates here

Simpol in Top 500 NGOs

The International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (Simpol) has been selected as one of the Top 500 NGOs in the world in an annual survey conducted by The Global Journal, a publication focused on global governance.

My first and last meeting with Ulrich Beck

Prof. Ulrich Beck

Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, had the privilege last year of meeting with the eminent German sociologist, Ulrich Beck, who sadly passed away recently. Famous for his theory of global risk society, see John's blog about their discussion on the unfolding of global consciousness.

Academics wising up to 'international competitiveness'?

How did mounting inequality become culturally and politically acceptable? Will Davies, senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, identifies the need to maintain competitiveness as the key factor. In this article, and in a new book, he attempts to understand the ways in which political authority has been reconfigured in terms of the promotion of competitiveness.


Simpol in a nutshell: The Political Prisoner's Dilemma

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