Breaking down the barriers to solving world problems

The Simpol Solution

             Solving global problems could be easier than we think

by John Bunzl & Nick Duffell


Humanity is failing to tackle urgent global problems like climate change, tax avoidance, mass migration and wealth inequality. Meanwhile, voters are rebelling in the form of Brexit, Trump and the rise of the Far-Right. The SIMPOL SOLUTION reasons that there is just one barrier that prevents all governments from taking action: the fear that it would make their national economies uncompetitive. No nation can move first for fear of losing jobs and investment to others.

The SIMPOL SOLUTION identifies this as ‘Destructive Global Competition’, a global vicious circle in which we’re all caught. It’s not that governments don’t want to act, but that they can’t. Blaming governments or corporations, even protesting against social injustices, simply continues a ‘them-and-us' polarised politics that goes nowhere.

To find a way out, this book proposes an inner revolution in the way we think about and understand the world, a new more complex level of thinking that the authors call ‘world-centric’. They outline the necessary psychological steps needed to achieve this before introducing the SIMPOL SOLUTION – a simple but effective way for citizens to democratically impel governments to cooperatively solve multiple global problems, so opening the way to a just and sustainable future.

It's ambitious and provocative. Can it work? Certainly worth a serious try. Noam Chomsky

The best thing we have, at this time, for anything resembling a genuine world governing system. Ken WilberThe Integral Vision

Bunzl and Duffell draw on an impressive range of sources and disciplines – from political science and psychology to economics and evolutionary biology – in a highly accessible styleLuis Cabrera, World Government Research Network 

This extraordinary book lights the way forwardJohn Stewart, Author, Evolution’s Arrow 

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U.S. Edition

We're delighted to announce that The Simpol Solution will be published in May 2018 in the U.S., Canada and The Philippines by Prometheus Books of Amherst, NY. Check out the online catalogue listing

Dutch Edition

We're delighted that The Simpol Solution (De Oplossing is Simpol) has been published in Dutch by Lemniscaat. Go here for more.

German edition

We're delighted to announce that a German edition of The Simpol Solution has been published by Phänomen Verlag. The title in German is Nationales Denken, Globale Krise (National thinking, global crises). For more, go here. Hear its owner Tom Amarque interview John Bunzl and Nick Duffell in his Lateral Conversations podcast here.

Interviews and Review Copies

To arrange interviews or speaking engagements with the authors:

please contact Alex Lyons

To receive a copy of the book for review:

UK Edition: please contact Nick Kent at Peter Owen Publishers Ltd.

U.S. Edition: please contact Jake Bonar at Prometheus Books.

Dutch Edition: please contact Sacha Eikenboom at Lemniscaat.

German Edition: please contact Tom Amarque at Phaenomen.

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What is The Simpol Solution?

Nick Duffell on The Simpol Solution

Where do you see psychology being most relevant to politics today?

Co-author of The Simpol Solution, psycho-historian Nick Duffell reflects on the book in this interview.

For more on Nick's other books go here.

Latest news...

Evonomics publishes interview on The Simpol Solution

Where does Simpol fit in the story of human evolution? Prestigious economics blog, Evonomics, has published a great interview of authors John Bunzl and Nick Duffell by evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson about The Simpol Solution. Read it here.

Cadmus Journal reviews The Simpol Solution

Cadmus Journal has published James Surwilo's excellent and thoughtful review The Simpol Solution in its online edition. Read it here.

David Sloan Wilson endorses The Simpol Solution

Renowned evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson has endorsed "The Simpol Solution": "It's a pleasure to read a book that captures the modern evolutionary worldview so well and your actual solution is very clever. We even share an awareness of the need for a psychological therapeutic process and a global policymaking process." Sloan Wilson is President of the Evolution Institute. 

Immunity to acting on the climate? Dennis Wittrock on The Simpol Solution

Read integral thinker Dennis Wittrock's excellent article on why humanity seems immune to taking action on climate change. Using Robert Kegan's model he elucidates the problems and shows how Simpol is key to solving them.

Review by Jon Freeman

Integral change agent and author Jon Freeman, reviews The Simpol Solution in the latest edition of Integral Leadership Review. Check it out here.

More mentions...

Check out this thought-provoking blog by Alison Goldwyn which mentions The Simpol Solution. Also, see her excellent Synchronistory project.