Simul-culturalism: How to bridge the political polarization that’s tearing us apart

by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell, authors of The Simpol Solution: a new way to think about solving the world’s biggest problems. Peter Owen 2017, Prometheus 2018.

We’ve got a problem

You don’t need us to tell you that there are some Very Big Problems out there. There seems little point in even listing them. Nor do you need us to tell you that the way we as a species seem to be responding falls far short of ideal. The world has changed and the complexity and speed of the problems — most of them manmade — has intensified massively. Most of all, we’re feeling bewildered and anxious at how politics is polarizing and becoming more extreme. In the meantime, some corporations and the global rich who are able to set up where they want seem to be thriving. Many ordinary folk, however, are getting poorer, angrier and struggling to survive.

There’s a solution

But first, a word on problems. The thing about problems is that most of them tend eventually to point to their own solutions — but only once they’ve been fully understood. There’s a story that Einstein was once asked what he would do if he were given just one hour to solve a very difficult problem. His answer was that he’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem and the remaining five minutes solving it. Happily, you don’t need to be a genius to apply this method.

Healing a Polarised World

What is the connection between the need for global cooperation and the political polarization that’s tearing our national societies apart?

The SIMPOL Solution

It might seem that we are further away from international cooperation than ever. The solution is not some supra-national body or global parliament that attempts to enforce resolutions downwards. The United Nations’ toothlessness has shown us that. Rather, citizens need to be offered a way to compel their governments to cooperate on issues that are beyond the nation state’s reach. SIMPOL uniquely offers citizens a novel way they can use their votes in their respective national elections to make that happen. As a result Members of Parliament are already being driven to support it.

A powerful new vision for cooperative, people-centred global governance — driven by you.

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