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2015 – The Time for Global Change Is Now


Van Jones & James O’Dea

James. Joan and Van

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In this time of global warming, growing economic inequality, social unrest, and war, it is crucial to realize the power each one of us has to affect what matters. There is a beautiful Chinese proverb that says, "If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world." It’s interesting to reflect that the world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness. We have a vital and important conversation about all this with our guests – two visionary leaders who have each devoted their lives to personal transformation as a catalyst for peaceful social change. You’ll hear about

  • the journeys that led Jones and O’Dea to the important work they’re doing now
  • what steps guarantee an economic win-win for creating “green collar jobs,” reducing economic inequality
  • ways our prison system creates post-traumatic stress similar to that experienced in war
  • why personal consciousness and social healing are necessary for true global change
Featured Guests
Van Jones Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Van founded several not-for-profit organizations engaged in social and environmental justice, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Dream Corps Unlimited, and Color of Change. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Best Sellers: “The Green Collar Economy” – the definitive book on green jobs, and “Rebuild the Dream” – a roadmap for progressives. Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House, and co-founded Green For All, a national organization working to offer green jobs to many disadvantaged communities.
James O’Dea James O’Dea is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training. He is the award winning author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace and other works. A well-known figure in international social healing, James has conducted reconciliation dialogues, as well as Breakthrough Intensives for emerging leaders. He is on the extended faculty & Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and was its former President. O’Dea has served as the Washington Office Director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation. He is a member of the esteemed Evolutionary Leaders Group.
Recommended Resources


Rebuild the Dream

Green For All

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Color Of Change | Changing the Color of Democracy

Dream Corps Unlimted

The Peace Ambassador Training

The Path of the Peacemaker

Institute of Noetic Sciences

Amnesty International

Seva Foundation

Evolutionary Leaders Group

Pathways to Peace
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