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 havens, 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 coming soon

We're delighted to announce that The Simpol Solution will be published in the U.S., Canada and The Philippines by Prometheus Books of Amherst, NY. Stand by for more information as we receive it.

KCL students promote the book

The team with John Bunzl at KCL, London, 13.3.17

Students from King's College London have volunteered to help promote The Simpol Solution through 180 Degree Consulting. Rachel Paya, Juliane Markscheffel, Giulia Moschetta, Yifei Zhao, Anne Luo, Mariana Azlan and Ellie Fishleigh are studying subjects including Political Economy, Geography and International Relations.

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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.

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Review on HuffPost

Novelist, art critic and blogger, Peter Clothier, reviews The Simpol Solution on the Huffington Post. Check it out here.

The Irish Times features The Simpol Solution

The Irish Times online features an article on The Simpol Solution. Check it out here.

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Peter Clothier

"The SIMPOL Solution is an ambitious, persuasively-argued, thorough and, indeed a passionately-written plea for a new world order. If, as I say, you are tired of the old hostilities and the old clichés; if you are tired of feeling exploited and impotent as a voter; if you long for real change in the way the world conducts its business and have despaired of finding a way to make that happen—this book is for you."

Peter Clothier

Novelist, art critic and blogger

Simon Anholt

I nodded until I got a crick in my neck. I haven’t read a book for years that I agreed with so deeply and so consistently – nor felt so keenly that these are messages the world needs to hear. The clarity, simplicity and profound importance of this book are beyond question. Please read it, and please encourage others to do the same.”   - Prof. Simon Anholt

Founder, the Good Country Index

Cornelia Beyer

“A very fine book! Its discussion of the pros and cons of competition and the need to think beyond competition only are long overdue, as is the need to think about global governance and global citizenship. I perfectly agree with the book’s analysis and really enjoyed reading it. The combination of different disciplines was especially welcome and informative!” 

- Dr. Cornelia C. Beyer, 

Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Hull

Joris Luyendijk

"The Simpol Solution takes a welcome fresh look at political/economic reality and clearly explains the psychology behind why we need new eyes to see how we might force politicians to change the world on our behalf."

- Joris Luyendijk, 

Author, journalist and talk-show host