James O'Dea is currently a Fellow of The Institute of Noetic Sciences and its President from 2003 - 2008. He was Executive Director of The Seva Foundation, an international health and development organization and, for ten years, was the Washington Office Director of Amnesty International. He is currently engaged in several international initiatives and implementing a grant to assess the emerging field of social healing. The Social Healing Project will also collaborate with Intersections International in New York to convene frontier multidisciplinary dialogues on societal healing. He is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders group and lectures widely on emerging worldviews, and integral approaches to social transformation. In 2010 he will be the keynote speaker at several conferences exploring the interface of science, consciousness, and social action. He is committed to dialogue as a practice and is engaged in dialogues at SEED Graduate Institute between native elders, physicists, and thought leaders; between Israeli and Palestinian psychologists and social workers, and contributes to dialogue on systems thinking and government policy making with the DC based Global Systems Initiatives. He has authored numerous essays and his first full-length book Creative Stress: A Path For Evolving Souls Living Through Personal and Planetary Upheaval ( April 2010) is highly praised and featured in Kosmos Journal and Spirituality and Health magazine.