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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: New European Publications (16 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872410200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872410203
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 1.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The greatest barrier to solving our global environmental, economic and social problems is destructive competition between nations to attract capital and jobs, harming societies and environment around the world. The Simultaneous Policy offers a solution and also outlines a political campaign which transcends party politics and offers the prospect of global transformation and survival. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
John Bunzl's book succinctly, but thoroughly, explains how the trend towards global competitiveness is speeding us down the path of no-return. However, as you'll note from the title, this is not your typical doom-and-gloom portent; John Bunzl also tells us what we can do as individuals to take back voting power, and change the world.
The book is just one tool of a worldwide movement which aims to pressure political candidates to align themselves to the Simultaneous Policy whatever their political stance (within reason) in exchange for ISPO (International Simultaneous Policy Organisation) member votes in their own constituency. At an undetermined point in the future, when each country has agreed to The Policy in principle, all countries are then freed-up to act simultaneously in starting to reverse some of the terrible ecological and social effects of today's global marketplace.
Read in conjunction with the SIMPOL (Simultaneous Policy) website and newsgroup, this book really makes you believe that your own efforts CAN have a positive effect on the planet and the poorest of its people. If you're reading this review I'm already helping to save the planet. If you buy the book you'll be well on the path to saving it yourself!
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Simultaneous, & System Perfect 26 April 2004
By Christopher Macrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is only one of three books that I know of that connects human relationships in an implementable framework. Its scope is policy to unite the world, somewhat bigger than my 2 simultaneous books: Brand Chartering and Intangibles Maps of Value Multiplication & Trust-Flow governance.
Each book is part of the final examination curriculum that 1980s system thinkers including my father Norman Macrae of The Economist and Buckminster Fuller set us (as well as more implicit expressions of a paradigm shift concern by people like Peter Drucker). The whole human potential of being networked -and globalisation spinning positive humanitarian impacts - depends on managers changing their knowhow to see the compound but simple leadership ways of system connectivity and value exchange theory of the firm as the opposite to tangible accounting's axioms of separability. You can test any other book in the management genre against these 3 books, and most fail on the second loop of intangibles connections including as yet whole genres such as knowledge management (some have been theoretically right but those claiming practice have implemented within RoI's separation scorecards).
Simultaneous is an interesting interaction worldwide. It means have no fear- we can all change from national only policy to include the whole world at the same time. Something similar but smaller happened once before in corporate history when in the 1980s physical system quality was found to be immature in the West and everyone joined collaborative benchmarking syndiactes. It is to be hoped that the mother of all benchmarking waves will begin in time before the apartheid-ridden globalisation of trade causes us all to fail humanity's golden rule of relationship reciprocity.
List of Endorsements 23 Sept. 2005
By John M. Bunzl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"I thought your proposal was an elegant idea of how change could occur. It reflects the core ideas of how to create consensus around change. This is the biggest challenge that we have"

Ed Mayo. Former Executive Director, New Economics Foundation

"It is a good idea. What we need is politicians who will give this issue a high priority."

Polly Toynbee The Guardian

"Your idea for a simultaneous policy is excellent. ... Lets hope that people start to listen to this important message."

Helena Norberg-Hodge Member of the International Forum on Globalisation and Director of the International Society for Ecology & Culture

"It's ambitious and provocative. Can it work? Certainly worth a serious try."

Noam Chomsky

"...the basic concept is excellent. ... Let me know what develops!"

Jakob von Uexkull Founder and Chairman - Right Livelihood Award Foundation

"The Simultaneous Policy is a creative proposal to accelerate progress toward a sustainable global economy. Many movements and grassroots globalists working for these goals can coalesce around such innovative initiatives"

Hazel Henderson Author of 'Beyond Globalization: Shaping a Sustainable Global Economy'

"...well argued and well thought out. It goes against our bias for the human scale but may be necessary."

Nicholas Albery Chairman - The Institute for Social Inventions, London

"...compelling and provocative. The structure and progression of the [book] fit your argument perfectly."

Moises Naim Editor-in-Chief - Foreign Policy. USA

"Your main theme is a crucial one and I hope it will be heeded. ...your approach is unusual because most authors concentrate on `what' first and leave `how' as a secondary consideration - or duck it altogether."

David Griffiths Author of All This and Unemployment Too.

"...I believe [the Simultaneous Policy] offers a prophetic and practical approach to the global politico-economic problems of our generation."

Stephen Whiting Quaker Peace and Service - London.

"Bunzl is, I feel, the first writer on the `sustainable society' to advance beyond rhetoric and grapple with the problem of how such a society might be achieved."

Dr. Aidan Rankin `New European' (European Business Review) - UK.

"Your [book] eloquently describes the crucial problems facing the world today. It explores the inadequacy of the nation state in dealing with these problems and the inability of the United Nations to move beyond its current constraints. Simultaneous Policy is an elegant theory which takes many ideas from different places. We must all work to bring these ideas from theory into practice."

Simon Burall Executive Director, One World Trust (in his personal capacity).

"...the financial world order has become quite cancerous to both people and the planet and what is needed are intelligent and creative solutions appropriate to the situation. Your proposal to create a level playing field for all that incorporates environmentally sustainable policies is just such a creative solution."

Richard St. George Director, the Schumacher Society (in his personal capacity)

"...we concur with your comprehensive and insightful analysis of the challenge before us. We also agree that social and environmental programmes are being subordinated to the demands of the global economy and that, if there is a meaningful remedy to hand, yours is as constructive as any we've seen to date."

Roger Doudna International Programme Officer, Restore The Earth Project - Scotland.

"I agree with the case your organization is making about the failure of

anti-globalization forces to propose effective alternatives to the

status quo. I believe your organization's proposals are an important

step forward. They address the real problems we face with proposals that

deserve to be taken seriously. I hope that many of those who took

important first steps in Seattle, Washington and Quebec City will now

take the second step and take either the ISPO programme, or any

alternatives they wish to propose, into the political arena.

Anti-globalization demonstrators have the attention of the world. If

they wish to hold that attention, and start to make an impact on policy,

they must now follow the ISPO's lead and propose workable alternatives

to the status quo."

Prof. Christopher Leo - Dept. of Politics, University of Winnipeg, Canada.

"Simultaneous Policy is a very stimulating book and by substituting internationalism for globalization, co-operation for competition, humanity for markets and wisdom for materialism you have unlocked a powerhouse for good."

Tony Benn - Former Labour Member of Parliament, UK.

"The really big issues today now cross national frontiers and individual governments cannot cope with them in isolation. This is where Simultaneous Policy comes in. ... [It] is the only way a host of problems can now be solved. Simultaneous Policy is the alternative."

Sir Richard Body - Former Conservative Member of Parliament, UK

"Simultaneous Policy is a most promising strategy for discovering and establishing a more equitable, efficient and sustainable economic order."

Shann Turnbull Author of "Democratizing the Wealth of Nations"

"The concept of Simultaneous Policy (SP) is a wonderful way of implementing cooperation which is the new law of human survival in the globalized world. With it goes moral education inducing a new system of values to satisfy the requirements of the New Age."

Dr. Farhang Sefidvash Coordinator, the Research Centre for Global Governance

"Working from an East-West perspective in which the interdependency of Buddhism combines with the economics of E.F. Schumacher, Bunzl argues for a program of restoring social control over the blind destructiveness of corporate globalisation by simultaneous government policies across world borders. The need for simultaneity of sovereign state action is an important new dimension of a debate affecting all planetary life."

John McMurtry Author of "The Cancer Stage of Capitalism"

"With his concept of Simultaneous Policy, John Bunzl delivers an important piece in the puzzle that governments around the world can use to resolve the pressures of increasingly integrated markets. ... It is, perhaps, one of the few workable solutions to bridging the sustainability gap."

Matthias Hoepfl Politische Oekologie, Munich, Germany.

"I must admit that the Simultaneous Policy is a very provocative document. When you start reading this document, it evokes sharp reactions within you because it challenges the alternative visions and ideas that are closer to your heart and mind. But, by the time you finish it, you realize that there are a host of alternatives to existing alternative visions and strategies for the betterment of our lives."

Kavaljit Singh Author of "A Citizen's Guide to the Globalization of Finance" and "Taming Global Financial Flows"

"This is an important book about a potentially very important idea - the Simultaneous Policy. The author asks the question: how can the world get beyond the escalating problems of global competition to a framework of global co-operation? As we have seen with single issues such as arms control, it is hard for an individual country to justify making the first move. This is where SP comes in. It provides a rallying point for those who would like to see the vicious circle broken and a new world system inaugurated."

The Scientific and Medical Network Review.

"...the great merit of your [book] is its proposal for a plausible solution to the many questions, whose urgency much of the left seems prepared to ignore."

Dorothy Friedmann Green Socialist Network - London.

"..the idea of the Simultaneous Policy is both brilliant, and I believe, essential to breaking the international gridlock of greed and non-sustainability we have created for ourselves. .... [It] represents the most essential missing piece of the global solutions dilemma."

Brian O'Leary Ph.D Author of "Re-Inheriting the Earth", futurist, physicist, former NASA scientist-astronaut and expert on energy issues.

"...the best ideas are the simplest. With a system like this, there's no way for governments to wriggle out. All excuses evaporate. It's a system which unmasks all those seeking to hide behind theoretical impossibilites. I can't wait to see what follows. Well done SP!"

Jackie Navarro ATTAC - Québec, Canada.

"I found you work full of interesting ideas which I would recommend that people read"

James Glyn Ford - Member of the European Parliament

"Simultaneous Policy is indeed a fascinating and important contribution to the global movement to construct creative alternatives to our current system of international relations. I am particularly struck by the Policy's direct answers to the fundamental problems of competitive global relations."

Svend Robinson - Member of the Canadian Parliament

"I am in total agreement with the central theme of needing to drastically curb corporate abusive power. I am just delighted someone has thought up a very practical way of doing so."

Allan Savory - Founder, Savory Center for Holistic Management

"In a time where so many urgent symptoms claim our attention, it seems there is not enough courage nor time to address the fundamental roots of global present problems and viable roads to face them. The Simultaneous Policy is a simple, peaceful, low-risk and clear invitation for humankind to jump - in two steps - from a present spiral headed toward auto-destruction, into another one oriented toward life, cooperation and spiritual growth. To share is to live."

Emilio José Chaves Researcher in Sustainable Development

I admire your broad and long term thinking which so many people shy

away from because they see too many obstacles. Seeing obstacles is fine: it is in the nature of life itself. It should not discourage us from taking

responsibility and developing alonger term vision, quite the contrary: just

because there are so many obstacles, challenges and problems ahead, we need to be bold and far sighted in order to create the future that we want. If we don't, the future will be as stark as we fear it will be. Your book and SP helps us to look ahead and create the future. I fully

agree with SP and I don't see why anyone in his right mind would be against it.

Sander Tideman - Founder, 'Spirit in Business'.

"Wishing you God speed in your endeavours to progress our humankind with the Simultaneous Policy!"

Godric Bader Life President - Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd.

"From my vantage point as an evolution biologist, Simultaneous Policy is an idea whose time has come and an imperative if we are to evolve humanity from its juvenile competitive stage to its cooperative species maturity. A wonderful "no risk" strategy for finding agreement on important issues in building global community!"

Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D. - author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution.

"...the SP proposal is a practical means of moving toward global governance. It should be an effective means of achieving cooperation where any individual government that behaves cooperatively will be disadvantaged until all other governments also do so. ...I wish you the best of luck with your important work."

John Stewart Author of 'Evolution's Arrow: the direction of evolution and the future of humanity.'

"I am impressed by all you are doing to address the underlying issues of our time."

Jim George Former Deputy Permanent Representative for Canada at the UN and former Canadian Ambassador.

"I am sure that The Simultaneous Policy is likely to be of great interest [as] a way of striving for an alternative whilst being integrated in the current economic system..."

Suzanne Ismail Economic Issues Programme Co-ordinator. Quaker Peace & Service - London, UK

"Mr. Bunzl's vision of all nation's agreeing on a Simultaneous Policy of co-operation for world peace, sustainable world development, and alleviation of poverty is mankind's one hope of a sustainable quality lifestyle for all."

J.W. Smith The Institute for Economic Democracy - USA

"Tim Noonam of the World Business Academy envisions an Intellectual Overhaul that would lead to a Worldwide Megashift in the perception of Reality, the kind of shift which according to him, historian Lewis Mumford claims has occurred only three or four times in recorded history. The late Dr. Willis Harman, Founder of the Institute of Neotic Sciences, prophesized that the latter part of this century would witness a fundamental Transformation; to me, the Simultaneous Policy has all these potentials. What a great Intellectual and Academic Project for this century!"

Monday Wehere Founder/President, the Wehere Foundation, Nigeria.

"...provocative and potentially transformative. There are ideas here that could change the world."

Prof. Charles Derber Dept. of Sociology, Boston College, MA, USA.

"I am impressed with how visionary [Simultaneous Policy] is. If only so many folks weren't so blinded by, and believing to be dependant on, the present systems then what you so well propose would be embraced in a heartbeat ... as I am sure it will gradually be as more people become aware of how spectacularly the present operating systems fail humanity - indeed any living thing on this beautiful ball in the sky."

Taylor Holst - Founder, Australian Humanitarian Award.

"Chomsky, Illich, Freire, Pilger, Orwell, Benn, Rifkin, Gandhi, Galbraith and others...all are impressive thinkers and strong humanitarians. [They] are very good at diagnosis, prognosis and also good at launching a fervent call for change to avert the impending global catastrophe. What they are less good at is providing a clear and comprehensive strategy for change. ... Your book provides a way to break free from this inertia for everyone. It is the best kind of idealism; it couples a vision of change with a clear and comprehensive means by which this change can be achieved."

Tim Hart - Management and Personnel Consultant, UK

"In the twenty years that I have been afforded a vote, I am unashamed to say I have never used it, my theory was that not to vote was the best way of securing my protest to all or any political parties, as the years have gone on my decision at 18 to adopt this tactic has been fuelled by what is happening in the world. As soon as I had digested your information I signed up [to Simultaneous Policy] without hesitation and now feel almost compelled to get involved...congratulations."

Mark Davey - Businessman, Halifax, UK.

"Thank you for conceiving of such an elegantly simple but thoroughly plausible concept to stop the competetive global insanity. ... the simplest strategy yet to overcome the unsustainable stalemate of ruthless competition vs. global cooperation: a truly elegant, cost free plan to empower humanity to bring about sanity."

Alan D. Smith - founder, MajorityVoice, USA.

"Isn't John Bunzl's Simultaneous Policy good stuff?"

Lucy Storrs World Voices UK

"Simultaneous Policy is the first book I have seen that offers any real hope of achieving the reforms necessary to overcome global threats to the environment and human welfare."

Richard Stimson Author of 'Playing with the Numbers: How So-called Experts Mislead Us about the Economy'

"The Simultaneous Policy proposal is a creative and imaginative one which deserves widespread circulation, and it could provide a central rallying point for the myriad of movements and organisations who agree with anti-globalisation principles. The more people that learn about the idea, the more likely it is to succeed. ... This idea is not purely theoretical: it is being promoted in the real world by a real organisation, and deserves support.

Nick Temple - The Institute for Social Inventions, London, UK

"...an essential contribution to the debate that is taking place at this time of transition and rapid change in society."

Dominic Dibble World Goodwill - London.
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