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...

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.

New on HuffPost: Designing global cooperation so it's in the national self-interest

Failure in Copenhagen, Durban, Paris?

What are we to expect from this year's climate summit to be held in Paris? More empty promises? In his latest Huffost blog, Simpol's founder John Bunzl argues that negotiating only one single issue means that failure is virtually assured. Rather, he argues that negotiations need to be 'designed' differently for success - and he explains how.

Simpol-UK launches election Petition

With the UK's next national elections due in May 2015, Simpol-UK is asking as many UK citizens as possible to sign the Simpol Petition. This is a quick, online way for us to inform politicians that we'll be giving preference at the election to candidates that support Simpol's global justice agenda. If you're a UK citizen, please sign it now!

Simpol: 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.

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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