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Cultivating Peace Bio

James O’Dea – Short Biography

James O’Dea is a renowned figure in international social healing who has conducted healing and reconciliation dialogues for twenty years and was director of Amnesty International’s Washington, DC, office for over ten years. His work as codirector of the Social Healing Project led him to Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, and Northern Ireland. The lead faculty of the popular Peace Ambassador Training hosted by the Shift Network, James is also on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and is its immediate past president. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Peace Alliance.

James O’Dea – Extended Biography

James O’Dea is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted healing and reconciliation dialogues for twenty years. His work as codirector of the Social Healing Project led him to Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, and Northern Ireland. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and is its past president, and was also the former Washington office director of Amnesty International for over ten years, testifying frequently before Congress. He was also the CEO of the Seva Foundation. His first book, Creative Stress: A Path For Evolving Souls Living Through Personal and Planetary Upheaval (Pioneer Press, 2010), was featured in dozens of media outlets and has been used for study by numerous book groups.

His latest book Cultivating Peace: Becoming A 21st Century Peace Ambassador (Shift Books, June 15, 2012) has been heralded as a brilliant new roadmap for peacebuilding by thought leaders, academics, and activists. James O’Dea is also a well-known essayist, authoring the much-acclaimed “You Were Born for Such a Time” (published in The Mystery of 2012)and “Creative Atonement in a Time of Peril” (which appeared in Beyond Forgiveness). Service Space most recently featured his essay “The Indomitable Healing Spirit” as an international Daily Good feature. James O’Dea is the lead faculty person for the Shift Network’s popular Peace Ambassador Training, with hundreds of participants worldwide training to become peace ambassadors under his mentorship.His previous course with the Shift Network, “The Path of the Peacemaker,” attracted students from 24 countries. James also offers Breakthrough Intensives for emerging leaders of all agesO’Dea was recognized as “Champion of Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness”by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance.

He is on the Advisory Board of several organizations including The Peace Alliance, and is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group.

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