John Bunzl is a successful UK businessman with a simple yet powerful idea for how to practically address difficult international issues like climate change. It’s called Simultaneous Policy (“Simpol” for short), “a peaceful political strategy to democratically drive all the world’s nations to apply global solutions to global problems.” Sound interesting? It did to us, too. So after meeting Bunzl at EnlightenNext’s Midsummer Renaissance Festival in London this past July, we began to explore some of his fascinating “integral” critiques of progressive politics and the controversial idea of global governance.
According to Bunzl, even people whose lives are deeply informed by “world-centric” values, and who are already familiar with things like integral philosophy and an evolutionary worldview, tend to approach issues of global politics from more limited “nation-centric” points of view. In other words, our “civic consciousness,” as he puts it, often lags behind our perspective on things like economics and technology, whose global forces and dynamics we more easily appreciate. Because of this lack of “integral civic consciousness,” Bunzl explains, many of us typically fail to recognize the deeper systemic nature of seemingly intractable global problems, and therefore misplace our efforts to change things—or simply fall into debilitating cynicism and despair:
With the world in the grip of financial crisis and a deepening economic slump, those of us who’ve long been concerned about global warming, looming energy shortages and other global issues will no doubt be feeling even more despondent than before. To ordinary citizens all over the world, the ability to gain any traction on these issues seems inadequate and our efforts to get politicians to do anything substantive likewise seem somewhat futile. And yet the power to reverse this is, I contend, already in our hands if only we realise it.
We—at least those of us in democratic countries—already have the necessary power to drive our politicians to implement substantive global solutions. To fully realise our power, however, first requires that we take stock of the various misconceptions that prevent us from seeing it. We are limited not so much by corrupt or blind politicians, nor by greedy corporations, nor by the “money masters”—the private banks. We are limited only by the false walls of misconception we’ve constructed in our own hearts and minds.
In the rest of this short article, Bunzl explores why both politicians and corporate leaders are significantly constrained by unregulated systems of international competition and the need to remain competitive within them, and proposes an innovative set of solutions in the form of what he calls Simultaneous Policy. For more information about the way Simpol works, and about Bunzl’s International Simultaneous Policy Organization, which has amassed members in more than 70 countries, visit www.simpol.org.
Also of Interest
Join EnlightenNext magazine founder Andrew Cohen for his fall book tour, Sep 27–Nov 12, 2011. Stops include New York, Philadelphia, Boulder, San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago, where Andrew will give a series of talks and dialogues about Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening, with people like Ken Wilber, Howard Bloom, and Dr. Ashok Gangadean.