James O’Dea, www.jamesodea.com, is author of The Conscious Activist and award-winning author of Cultivating Peace. He is a former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation. A member of the Evolutionary Leaders group, he is on several advisory boards such as The Peace Alliance and Kosmos Journal. He is lead faculty for the Shift Network’s acclaimed global Peace Ambassador Training and has taught peacebuilding to students in over 30 countries. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world and has led dialogs between Israelis and Palestinians, with victims of human rights abuse, activists, thought leaders and academics in related fields. He was honored by The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance as a Champion of Forgiveness. He has travelled widely, conducted dialogs and workshops in many international conflict zones and has overseen development work in India, Nepal and Tibet.