James O'Dea (activist)

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James O'Dea is on the extended faculty and is immediate past President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a former faculty member of the Omega Institute. He is co-director of The Social Healing Project. He is an adviser to The World Peace Festival and is former Executive Director of the Seva Foundation and a former Director of the Washington, DC office of Amnesty International. He is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders group spearheaded by Deepak Chopra.

In August 2010 James was recognized with the honor of "Champion of Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness" by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. His decades of service work in Social Healing, Restorative Justice, Local and Global Conflict Resolution and Healing has affected countless individuals and communities including those in Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, N. Ireland and other highly sensitive zones.

James recently launched a groundbreaking Internationally-accessible telecourse, Path of the Peacemaker, which has attracted people from over 20 countries worldwide. The course, hosted by The Shift Network, provides individuals a solid understanding of the art, science, and practices behind personal and planetary peacemaking.

Born in Ireland, James attended Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Grammar School for Boys in London Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College Received B.A. Hons University of London, M.A. School for International Training School for International Training in Vermont. Head of English at Tarsus American School in Turkey Tarsus American College and founder of Ecumenical Travel Office of The Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut.

Keynote speaker for many conferences including Language of Spirit, Living in the Fire of Change: Sacred Action and Social Transformation and Leaders Causing Leaders. Peace Alliance, Science and Consciousness Conference, Engaging The Other, Alliance for a New Humanity, Goi Peace Foundation and others. He has featured essays on peace and social healing, evolutionary trends, and science and consciousness in numerous books and articles. Lectures worldwide on global healing, evolutionary change, consciousness, science and spirituality etc. He has been co-leader of international social healing dialogues, core faculty of three international conferences, entitled Engaging The Other:The Power of Compassion. He is an Advisory Board member of Children of the Earth, SEED Graduate Institute, and The Inside Edge

O'Dea lives in the Baca Grande subdivision south of Crestone, Colorado.[1]


  • Creative Stress: A Path for Evolving Souls Living through Personal and Planetary Upheaval. 2010. ISBN 978-0-9818318-6-2. 


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