James O’Dea

James is currently Co- Director of The Social Healing Project funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. He is a member of the extended faculty of The Institute of Noetic Sciences and its immediate past President. He was Executive Director of The Seva Foundation, an international health and development organization and, for ten years, was the Washington Office Director of Amnesty International. The Social Healing Project, assessing the convergence of societal healing initiatives around the world, is also collaborating with Intersections International in New York to convene frontier multidisciplinary dialogues on this theme. He is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders group and lectures widely on emerging worldviews, and integral approaches to social transformation.

He is committed to dialogue as a practice and is engaged in dialogues at SEED Graduate Institute between native elders, physicists, and thought leaders, between Israeli and Palestinian psychologists and social workers, and contributes to dialogue on systems thinking and government policy making with the DC based Global Systems Initiatives. He has been a part of dialogue initiated with the Obama Administration on systems work and policy making. He and Dr. Judith Thompson co-led a series of international dialogues called Compassion and Social  Healing. His book Creative Stress: A Path For Evolving Souls Living Through Personal and Planetary Upheaval (April 2010) is highly praised and featured in Kosmos JournalSpirituality and Health magazine and dozens of other media outlets. James is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Temple of the Universe in Florida.

Peace from the Inside Out and the Bottom Up

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Global Youth Evolution-Revolution If we are to have peace on Earth it will require nothing less than a global youth […]


Slouching Towards Global Transformation | Waking up in Time

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Great changes are blowing through the world: it is, as the ancients understood, “all things change.” Yet even the Greek philosophers would have been more than a little startled to witness our current planetary hyper-acceleration. Five thousand years ago humans were carving their best wisdom in words and symbols into rocks