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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Shift Books (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984840710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984840717
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, 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, 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, Conscious Evolution

About the Author

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.

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James O'Dea is Extended Faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and served as President from 2003-2008. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1973 by astronaut Edgar Mitchell which explores the frontiers of consciousness and global paradigm change.

James also spent ten years as the Director of the Washington Office of Amnesty International, where he testified before Congress, met with U.S. presidents and numerous foreign heads of state and government leaders, and represented Amnesty International to the State Department, the White House, and the World Conference on Human Rights.

Subsequently, he spent five years as Executive Director of the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to international health & development issues in Latin America, Asia, and on American Indian reservations. Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning service. Prior to that James lived and worked in Turkey and Lebanon, and witnessed civil conflict, war and massacre, which influenced him deeply.

James founded and co-led with Dr. Judith Thompson an international series of "Compassion and Social Healing" dialogues funded by The Fetzer Institute. The dialogues, spanning a seven year period, brought together leaders and activists in a variety of fields related to human rights, peace, and social reconciliation initiatives. James and Dr. Thompson also recently completed a major report on International aspects of social healing, a major initiative to expand the theory and practices surrounding this fast-emerging field funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. Their report, "The International Social Healing Project" is available for download at www.jamesodea.com.

Since 2008, James has been a member of the Evolutionary Leaders, a group convened by Deepak Chopra and Diane Williams to unify efforts in support of evolutionary changes in political, economic, ecological, scientific and health and healing arenas. He is also a member of the Global Systems Initiatives, an organization bringing a whole-systems approach to complex global issues, founded by Louise Diamond. He regularly participates in the Language of Spirit Dialogues which are convened by the SEED Graduate Institute for Native Americans, Physicists, and thought leaders.

James has an International student body of over 600 Peacebuilders from 25 countries who have participated in his ongoing Peace Ambassador Trainings hosted by The Shift Network. He also offers unique and intimate Intensives for small groups in Leadership and Peacebuilding.

James' new book, Cultivating Peace, has gained worldwide acclaim as not just a book but a leading manual for Peacebuilding. Jean Houston says, "if you read just one book this year, Cultivating Peace is it". He is an Advisory Council Member to The Peace Alliance and to several other international organizations.

He is a blogger at The Huffington Post and his most recent article, "New Entry Qualifications for Political Life" has seen global trending. He also is featured as a guest blogger at Ervin Laszlo's blog on a regular basis.

He lectures all over the world, and has essays published in numerous magazines and books including currently the Mystery of 2012 (Sounds True); Consciousness and Healing: An Integral Approach to Mind Body Medicine (Elsevier); Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement (Essay:"Creative Atonement in a Time of Peril"; Jossey-Bass); Birth 2012: "Birth of the Peace Child" (Shift Books); The New Science and Spirituality Reader (Essay: "Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being" Pub: Inner Traditions); and Earthrise: The Dawning of a New Civilization in the 21st Century (Goi).

Visit his official website at www.jamesodea.com and the book's site at www.cultivatingpeace.net

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sarah McCroskey on July 9, 2012
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James O'Dea knows of what he speaks. With an interdisciplinary track record ranging from Amnesty International to the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Mr. O'Dea has personally discovered (and now woven for us) the inner/ outer enquiry required to forge the courage, integrity, and loving, curious heart of a true peace builder. With humor and the linguistic precision necessary to evoke experiential awareness and healing, James O'Dea's Cultivating Peace takes each reader through the personal journey of healing/owning our reactivity so we might hold a space, as conscious agents, who listen and truly cultivate, peace within ourselves and our global communities. Cultivating Peace is right on time - compassionate and practical - a book that invites us to honor the wounds yet go beyond wounding as an identification. James O'Dea teaches us how to engender and bring about our common human destiny - to engage differences and honor painful history - while dissolving patterns of violence, fear and separation. A must read for all visionaries and activists.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CARobinson on July 13, 2012
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Cultivating Peace:Becoming a 21st-Century Peace Ambassador by James O'Dea is a roadmap that illuminates a new vision of PEACE while offering tools of applied mastery to the reader...to create personal peace within the self and in all relationships. The poetic verse is potent music and the roadmap easy to follow whether you read the book cover to cover or focus on one chapter at a time!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ruairí in Ireland on July 11, 2012
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James O'Dea writes, teaches and lives in the spirit of Gandhi. His new book seamlessly connects the inner and outer worlds, looking at how true personal transformation is required if we are to shift to a bright new global reality. Cultivating Peace is a practical handbook offering ideas, inspiration and challenges that can help us realise our unique role at this historic time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KHB on July 13, 2012
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Cultivating Peace is an essential element to our planetary backpack in this time of igniting possibilities of healing,peace and a new world! James O'dea has the heart of a mystic,the mind of a visionary and the multidimensional wisdom of a true master. Here Peace is enlivened with passion,power and a potent dynamic,engaging the deepest truth within us and the fire to courageously embody a culture of peace in ourselves and the world .This is a Global Game Changer-extraordinary,pivotal,innovative,a masterpiece for our present and a template for our future. kennedy braden
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cass Charrette on July 11, 2012
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James O'Dea brilliantly moves us into the new era of activating Peace personally and collectively. A powerful guide for cultivating our innate inner and outer capacities for a forward movement of Peacemaking and Peacebuilding. Cultivating Peace re-sounds the very nature of Peace as an energy source alive within us, illuminating the Presence of Peace as a foundational Resonance within our lives, expanding the amplified field for cocreating sustainable whole systems infrastructures within our communities and globally.

The profound wisdom, unfolding within the pages of this book, instills the embodiment of a new leadership for the world at large. An invitation for all individuals, fields and functions to partake in this extraordinary opportunity to mainstream the deepest intelligence of Peace as an expression and experience of LIVING throughout the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Green on July 15, 2012
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Cultivating Peace is a brilliant work of great magnitude. It is an alchemical and transformational gift rich with comprehensive information and illuminating opportunities for each of us navigating our lives and a world seeking peace. It is a deep and vast resource to return to time and time again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Scott on July 17, 2012
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Cultivating Peace:Becoming a 21st-Century Peace Ambassador by James O'Dea is a must read for anyone who wants to witness this world evolve and shift towards a "Symphony of We " state of being. His writing inhabits an illuminating quality of sacred and compelling story telling, he weaves the complexities of contemporary living with the mystery handed down from our ancestors. This book is a manual for living-from- the- edge and moves with grace and clarity from our personal experiences of life to the cosmic realms of existence.
Code breaker, Provocateur, Shamen and 21st Century Peace Ambassador - James O' Dea reveals the threads between our ancient wisdom traditions and our collective pilgrimages of the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2012
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I'm really appreciative of how many ideas and paradigms James has assembled and connected together in this work. I see this as a foundational text for anyone doing major work with groups in the world today - with the current stress of changing paradigms. This is a touchstone to remember context, to review what is most important, and find our way through to something more completely inclusive, whatever the work is that we think we are doing.
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