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Cultivating Peace
Cultivating Peace

Cultivating Peace

Becoming a 21st-Century Peace Ambassador


242 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: May 2012

ISBN 9780984840717

Rights: WOR

Shift Books (May 2012)

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Resolve conflict of any kind through “the science of peace”

Penned by a world-renowned social healer and peacemaker, this guide provides strategies for navigating disagreements in conflict situations of any type—within oneself, between family members, in the workplace, or between nations or religions. The study offers an integral approach to the field of building peace, covering its often-ignored cultural, spiritual, and scientific dimensions in one volume. Ideal for psychologists, negotiators, peace activists, educators, business leaders, and clergy, this handbook presents a unique set of profound tools and perspectives needed for fostering peace in the 21st century. Topics covered include how to navigate conflict with wisdom and effectiveness, develop the essential skills of a social healer, learn lessons from the new “science of peace,” and connect with an inspiring community of “peace builders” worldwide.


"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

Author Biography

James O’Dea is the author of Creative Stress. He is the codirector of the Social Healing Project, the lead faculty of the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training Program, a past president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the former Washington office director of Amnesty International. He has been recognized with the honor of “Champion of Peace, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness” by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance and was a keynote speaker at the Berlin Peace Festival. He lives in Crestone, Colorado.