Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador

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This profound guidebook reframes and expands the mission of building a global culture of peace. Going far beyond conventional techniques of conflict resolution, James O’Dea provides a holistic approach to peace work, covering its oft-ignored cultural, spiritual, and scientific dimensions while providing guidance suitable even for those who have never considered themselves peacebuilders. O’Dea is unique in his ability to integrate personal experience in the world’s violent conflict zones with insights gathered from decades of work in social healing, human rights advocacy, and consciousness studies. Following in the footsteps of Gandhi and King, O’Dea keeps the dream of peace alive by teaching us how to dissolve old wounds and reconcile our differences. He strikes deep chords of optimism even as he shows us how to face the heart of darkness in conflict situations. His soulful but practical voice speaks universally to peace activists, mediators, negotiators, psychologists, educators, businesspeople, and clergy–and to “everyday” citizens. As James himself says, there is no such thing as an “average” human being–this book is a movement engaging you as the master of peacebuilding, guiding you to connect the integral aspects of inner and outer peace. 242 pages – Appendix & Resources -June 1, 2012 – Shift Books – More information at