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Feb. 2016: Irish election result: 14 TDs pledged to implement Simpol
14 Members of the Irish Parliament coming from four different parties are now pledged to implement the Simultaneous Policy when all or sufficient other governments have also pledged. Delighted at this result, achieved from virtually a standing start, National Coordinator for Simpol-Ireland Padraic Hurley said: "I'm delighted to welcome our 14 new TDs and to thank them for their support and all our supporters for their help in achieving this superb result." 30 MPs in the UK and a number of MPs in other countries have also signed.
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".
Jan. 30: Economist David K. Levine endorses Simpol
Oct.9: Simpol short-listed for Global+5 award
"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.
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.
August 9: Simpol presented to KCL students
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.
Terry Patten interviews John Bunzl
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.