Latest international Simpol News...
Nov. 2016, London: Simpol at 38 Degrees Live
John Bunzl presented Simpol at 38 Degrees Live in London on 1st Nov. 2016. Hosted by BAFTA award-winning presenter Heydon Prowse, it was quite an evening! We'll upload the video as soon as it's available.
Oct. 2016: Andrew Smith MP signs the Pledge
We're delighted to announce that UK Labour MP for Oxford East, Andrew Smith, has signed the Simpol Pledge, bringing the total of Simpol-pledged MPs in the UK to 31.
Aug. 2016: UK MP Jonathan Edwards signs the Pledge
We're delighted that Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards, has signed the Simpol Pledge, bringing the total of UK Simpol-pledged MPs to 30. Edwards signed after Simpol-UK sent him a Petition form submitted by one of his constituents.
July 2: Simpol Australia welcomes 2 newly pledged MPs and 2 Senators
In the run-up to the Australian Federal Election on 2nd July, over 50 candidates from different parties signed the Pledge to implement Simpol alongside other governments. We're delighted 3 of them were elected. Welcome to Julie Collins MP (ALP, Franklin), Anne Stanley MP (ALP, Werriwa), Sen. Rachel Siewert (Greens, WA) and Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens, NSW)! We thank all candidates who signed the Simpol pledge for their support. Go here for more.
14 Irish TDs pledged to implement Simpol!
14 Members of the Irish Parliament from four different parties are now pledged to implement the Simultaneous Policy. See the list here. Pleased at this result, National Coordinator for Simpol-Ireland Padriac Hurley said: "I'm delighted to welcome our 14 new TDs and to thank them and all our supporters for their help in achieving this superb result." Download Simpol-Ireland's Election 2016 Press Release.
Feb 27-28 2016: Utopionale Film Festival
Ulrike Polte of Simpol-DE and Simpol's founder John Bunzl will present the Simpol movement at the Utopionale Film Festival in Hanover, Germany. For more details, go here.
Nov. 15 2015: Simpol at Conference on Collective Action on Climate
Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, addressed a conference on The Psychology of Inspired Collective Action on Climate Change held in London on 21st November 2015. Organised by CONFER, this cutting-edge conference will examine psychological processes that help or hinder collective action. See this video. For more, go here.
Oct. 19: 50 Canadian candidates sign the Pledge
Mar. 15: Nigel Martin endorses Simpol
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."
Dec. 10: Simpol & Peace Child International collaborate
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.
Aug. 18: Simpol meets Norway's Bard Solhjell MP
Simpol-Norway Coordinator, Tore Hofstad, and Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, met with Norwegian MP, Bård Vegar Solhjell, on 18th August. Mr Solhjell confirmed that keeping the national economy competitive was always the context in which all political decisions are considered.
Aug. 29: Simpol at Rheinische Forum
Jul. 30: Simpol to be presented at Oslo University
Simpol's Founder, John Bunzl, will give a presentation to students at the University of Oslo, Norway on Monday 18th August on "How global markets undermine democracy and what we can do about it". The presentation will be introduced by political scientist, Øivind Bratberg, and will be followed by a commentary from social anthropologist and globalisation specialist, Thomas Hylland Eriksen. The meeting is being co-hosted by Simpol-Norway and Machiavellisk Forum and will take place at 10.30-12.30 in Auditorium 2, Eilert Sundts hus (See Map). For further information, contact Tore Hofstad.
Jun 20: Bunzl comments on Paehlke Global Citizenship paper
A paper on global citizenship by Prof. Robert Paehlke has been published by the Great Transition Initiative (GTI). GTI have also published comments from Simpol founder John Bunzl and other prominent global activists and thinkers. Bunzl's comment highlights that "citizenship" at any level is illusory unless you can exercise a legally binding vote; an attribute which, at the global level, Simpol is unique in offering.
June 7: Euro Elections - Simpol's results
Thanks to action taken by our supporters, we're delighted to announce the following results:
Number of Simpol-pledged MEPs: 5
- Claude Moraes (Labour, London)
- Keith Taylor, (Green, UK SE)
- Alyn Smith (SNP, Scotland)
- Catherine Stihler (Labour, Scotland)
- David Martin (Labour, Scotland).
Candidates that signed the Simpol Pledge: 27
Number of EU countries with pledged candidates: 6
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Jun 7: Breaking new ground in IR and Political Science?
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.
Jun 4: Thomas Hylland Eriksen endorses Simpol
Norwegian professor of social anthropology, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, has endorsed the Simpol campaign. “Nearly everything has been globalised except democracy, and the challenges facing humanity in this century cannot possibly be dealt with by states acting on their own. John Bunzl’s proposal is as original as it is pertinent, and would represent a huge step forward in promoting collective goals beyond those of the nation-state.” An acknowledged authority on nationalism, identity and globalisation, Prof. Eriksen currently runs a research project called Overheating.
May 20: Niccolo Rinaldi first Italian MEP to sign the Pledge!
Niccolo Rinaldi MEP, of the Scelta Europea grouping (European Choice), has become the first Italian MEP to sign the Simpol Pledge. In signing, Mr. Rinaldi said "As a candidate for Scelta Europea and as a Member of the European Parliament, I confirm my support for the Simpol campaign. At present my support is given in principle in the sense that I support Simpol as a process for bringing the governments of sufficient nations together around a cooperative agreement to solve the global problems we're confronted with. I will encourage my party and its members to participate in this initiative".
May 20: Gina Dowding signs the Simpol Pledge
Green Party Nr.2 candidate for the North West Euro constituency, Gina Dowding, is one of many Greens to sign the Simpol Pledge. In signing it, she said "This is a much needed campaign (and method) to get concerted action on big issues of the day, and requires strong leadership and commitment from all parties".
May 16: David Martin MEP signs the Pledge
David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland, is the latest Euro candidate to sign the Simpol Pledge. Thanks to vigorous campaigning by Scottish Simpol supporters, David is the fourth Scottish Euro candidate to sign, following Alyn Smith MEP (SNP), Catherine Stihler MEP (Labour) and George Lyon MEP (Sc. LibDems). Signalling to politicians that we'll be voting for ANY candidate, within reason, that signs on to Simpol seems to be having the desired effect. To see all politicians from around the world who have signed the Pledge, go here.
May 14: More awake?
The European elections now underway are showing that politicians may be more awake than we think. A number of candidates from countries across Europe have signed the Simpol Pledge. Among them is German FDP candidate for Hamburg, Najib Karim. On signing the Pledge, Mr. Karim said "Global problems need a simultaneous policy. I hope that more and more people understand that and I am glad that I can support Simpol with my pledge."
28 Apr: Ian Murray MP signs up!
Great news! Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South, has signed the Simpol Pledge. Following closely on the Pledge made by George Lyon MEP, it's been a busy but productive week for Simpol-UK. For more on Ian, visit his website.
25 Apr: George Lyon MEP signs Simpol Pledge!
We're delighted to announce that George Lyon MEP, Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP for the Euro constituency of Scotland has signed the Simpol Pledge! This is a great start to Simpol's European election campaign and congratulations go to Simpol-supporter, Andy Lippok, who told George Lyon about the campaign. To see all parliamentarians who have signed the Pledge, go here.
Apr.2014: Simpol-Norway now online
Simpol's Norwegian campaign is now up and running! Under the guidance of National Coordinator, Tore Hofstad, we invite Norwegian citizens to visit the Simpol-NO site and to sign on to the campaign.
27 Jan: Fracking: Are Environmentalists Missing the Point?
In a new article on the Huffington Post, Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, suggests environmentalists are yet to see how the 'hidden hand' of destructive international competition is the real driver behind the spread of fracking across the globe, so calling in to question existing NGO strategies.
Simpol at Integral Europe Conference
Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, and National Coordinator for Simpol Germany, Dirk Weller, will be giving a joint keynote presentation at the forthcoming Integral Europe Conference in Budapest, 8-11th May. Highlighting the leading edge in integral thinking, amongst the other keynote speakers will be Susanne Cook-Greuter and Thomas Hübl.
Jan. 16: New on HuffPost: Hollande: Why those who 'play away' always get found out
It's not so much President Francois Hollande's sexual indiscretions that have been 'found out', argues Simpol's founder John Bunzl in his latest article on the Huffington Post, but the impracticality, in a global market, of his left-wing policies. Are our national politicians free to choose their political agenda? Or must they now follow only a market-friendly agenda whether they (and we) like it or not?
Recent News Highlights
Mar. 13 2013: First Luxembourg MP signs Simpol Pledge
Dr. Jean Colombera, a Member of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies, has become the first MP from that country to sign the Simpol Pledge. Dr. Colombera signed the Pledge on 13th March and represents the Nord constituency. He is also a physician.
Alfred Groff, Simpol's National Coordinator for Luxembourg, welcomed the news saying "We have only just started campaigning in Luxembourg. So Dr. Colombera's support for Simpol is a hopeful and encouraging sign for the campaign's future success."
Oct. 9 2012: 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 proposals 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.
Sep. 7 2012: 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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