James ODea is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and was until recently its President. 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 ODea was President of IONS from April 2003 to September 2008.
He is currently assisting in the development of The Global Systems Initiatives, a project which brings together diverse systems theorists and experts to help shape government policy from a systems perspective.
He is also currently working with a group of 40 evolutionary leaders convened by Deepak Chopra to unify efforts in support of evolutionary changes in political, economic, ecological and health and healing arenas.
He spent ten years as the Director of the Washington Office of Amnesty International, where he testified before Congress, met with two 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 co-led a series of "Compassion and Social Healing" dialogues funded by The Fetzer Institute. The dialogues, spanning a five year period, brought together leaders and activists in a variety of fields related to human rights, peace, and social reconciliation initiatives. In the current year he has been engaged in reconciliation dialogues between 40 Palestinian and Israeli psychiatrists funded by the Norwegian government.
James is a member of the World Wisdom Council. This council is a coalescing of international leaders in diverse fields banding together to formulate a structure and support system that furthers the realization that we are one family of humankind. He lectures all over the world, and has essays published in numerous magazines and books including currently the Mystery of 2012 (Sounds True) and Consciousness and Healing: An Integral Approach to Mind Body Medicine (Elsevier) and Earthrise: The dawning of a New Civilization in the 21st Century ( Goi)
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