Businessman with a simple and powerful new vision for global governance
John Bunzl is a businessman with a simple and powerful new vision for global governance. In 2000 he founded the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) and launched the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign.
Ever since the Simpol campaign started John Bunzl has worked tirelessly to reach out to citizens, activists, non-governmental organisations, politicians and business people to raise both their awareness and understanding of what global simultaneous policies could mean for humanity, prosperity and peace.
John Bunzl is passionate about a range of issues in global governance, from tax justice and regulation of the financial markets; sustainability standards; fair trade; military spending; to global warming.
If there's one thing global justice activists have given up on, it's the vote. With citizens losing faith in party politics and Green parties far from power, over the past few decades activists and campaigners have increasingly turned to other tools like lobbying, protesting, occupying, petitioning and direct action.
Don't worry, Trump won't be able to put much of his extremist rhetoric into practice. There are too many checks and balances in the U.S. political system. Both Congress and the Senate may be under Republican control, but the Republican Party is far from synonymous with Trump. And in a highly interdependent world our political leaders don't have nearly as much power as we think...
Whether it's the Left's concerns about multinationals not paying fair taxes and the lack of funding for public services, or the Right's about immigration, poverty and feelings of cultural alienation, both are symptoms of <em>unregulated </em>globalization: destructive global competition.
Could Simpol offer citizens around the world a solution to the global Prisoner's Dilemma? Who knows. But with governments stuck in their conflicted position and the UN unable to help, do we have anything to lose by supporting it?
My guess is that even the relatively mild ambitions of the Paris agreement are likely to remain unfulfilled. My fear is that it will take us 5 years to realise it, to see that, while full of good intentions, Paris only served to lose us yet more precious time. All talk, but no guarantee of action.
While commentators from both Right and Left continue to encourage the false belief that social democracy is still possible in the national context, the public's confusion and its disaffection with politics can only worsen. Meanwhile, I'll be working with our MPs to deepen parliament's and citizens' understanding of the need for global solutions. We'll let you know how we get on.
As the gap between rich and poor continues to widen and as marchers around the world protest at the on-going lack of action on climate change, it's surely high time for the WEF, governments and global justice campaigners alike to ponder how the 'Competitiveness Contradiction' might be resolved.
The real story behind the rise of these parties is neither an over-bearing European Union nor rampant immigration, but that governments around the world have failed to cooperate to reign in the global forces that make austerity, immigration and unemployment inevitable.
Mainstream political parties in virtually all countries are struggling to differentiate themselves from one another, at least in terms of their economic policies. And the factor that's forcing them to become virtually indistinguishable is: globalisation.
With Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of fracking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, it seems environmentalists still haven't understood what they're up against. For the problem isn't fracking, but something broader, more global, and far more pervasive.
One wonders whether Hollande, his party, and all those who voted for him seriously believed he could pursue his left-wing agenda without consequences? Those who did risk showing themselves stuck in a nation-centric past; prisoners of an outdated worldview which still assumes national borders are impermeable.
Annan and others should stop talking about the national interest as if it were an insurmountable barrier to cooperation. By thinking differently about the national interest and how different issues could be combined to produce win-win outcomes for all nations, we could expect more decisive action, not just on climate change, but on a whole range of global issues, thus transforming national self-interest into a powerful driver for global solutions.
What does it mean to be a leader? Is it authority and power alone? Is it the ability to front a large multinational or hold the fates of employees in our hands? Or does our vision of meaningful leadership extend beyond simply being at the top?
We, and our politicians, love to moralise about the rank unfairness of multinational corporations paying so little tax. And it's quite understandable we should. As we suffer austerity measures on one side and higher food and energy bills on the other, why <em>should </em>multinational corporations get off so lightly? Well, they shouldn't.
23/05/2013 15:28 BST
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