James O’Dea is author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace, Soul Awakening Practice, and other acclaimed works. James is a former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International, CEO of the Seva Foundation, and former President of IONS. He worked with the Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut during a time of war and massacre and lived in Turkey for five years during civil upheaval and coup d’etat. He has taught peacebuilding to over a thousand students in 30 countries. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world. He is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders group and on the advisory board of the Peace Alliance and Kosmos journal. James also mentors emerging leaders. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Laszlo New Paradigm Institute. James is both an activist and mystic.