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James O’Dea is the author of The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism… which won the COVR Conscious Living Book Award.

He is the former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and previously served as Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation.

O’Dea is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Laszlo New Paradigm Institute in Italy.

James also serves on the Advisory Board of The Peace Alliance and KOSMOS Journal.




His Path of the Peacemaker course attracted students from 24 countries and he has trained over one thousand Peace Ambassadors.

  • He is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years.
  • James is a regular contributor to various blogsites and news outlets.
  • He co-authored and co-led the Social Healing Project and Report with Dr. Judith Thompson. It explores key facets of healing amidst violence and conflict in places such as Rwanda, N. Ireland, Israel/Palestine and to the U.S. to address racial and indigenous healing, and to co-host processes towards understanding and transformation.
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He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President.

The former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation, O’Dea is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group.

James is a member of the Board of Directors of The Temple of the Universe in Florida and an Advisory Board Member of The Peace Alliance as well as an Advisor to KOSMOS Journal.



cultivating-peaceBGCultivating Peace: Becoming A 21st Century Peace Ambassador (May 2012) has been heralded as a brilliant new roadmap for peacebuilding by thought leaders, academics and activists.

“James O’Dea is a modern-day bard and is deeply engaged in the Great Turning of our times. He draws on his well of wisdom and history of ages in speaking to our times. James is a wise soul and lover of life.” —Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money and founder, the Pachamama Alliance

“James brings a spirit of peace and reconciliation into life with his very being. He is a wise global citizen whose compassionate heart has emerged from the fire of a lifetime of sacred activism. I highly recommend James and the many gifts he brings to our world in transition.” —Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity

“James O’Dea penetrates to the soul level where the Source of Love lives. By recognizing and loving that universal essence of being within us, no matter who we are, he reveals and heals the violence. He provides us with a path that each of us can follow to heal ourselves and the world. I find that every moment I spend with him is precious and brings peace to my soul.” —Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution



His book, Creative Stress: A Path For Evolving Souls Living Through Personal and Planetary Upheaval (2010), was featured in dozens of media outlets and used for study by numerous book groups.

Creative Stress reveals with precision how we can and must transmute negative stress so that we can evolve individually and collectively. It offers the reader a steady climb to the higher reaches of human creativity and fulfillment, and is packed with compelling stories from O’Dea’s exceptionally rich experience.

“James O’Dea has a uniquely kind and peaceful presence, and now he shares how we can find that for ourselves. This book delivers the medicine for our times.” —Marianne Williamson, Author, A Return to Love and The Age of Miracles





Essays and Writing

He has many published essays including a much acclaimed essay You Were Born for such a Time as this in The Mystery of 2012 and Creative Atonement in a Time of Peril in Beyond Forgiveness.

His work has been featured by such global organizations as Service Space who most recently featured “The Indomitable Healing Spirit” as an international Daily Good feature.

James has also been twice featured on Ervin Laszlo’s blog with his articles “Entropy, Negentropy and our Moral Imagination” and “Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and The Ground of All Being.


He was recognized as Champion of Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance.

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