James O’Dea, is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. These trainings are ongoing. His Path of the Peacemaker course attracted students from 24 countries. He is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years.
James also leads breakthrough Intensives for emerging leaders of all ages. 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.
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. 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 book Cultivating Peace will be released in May 2012.
He 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.