100 Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace
The start of the 100-Day Countdown to the United Nations International Day of Peace will serve as an early launch to the 2014 Summer of Peace on the Shift Network. A special guest from the United Nations will join peace leaders to discuss the value of a day when the world focuses together on peace, and international callers will be invited to share their exciting plans for September 21st.
James O’Dea is award winning author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace, Soul Awakening Practice and other works. He is a former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation.
He has taught peacebuilding to over a thousand students in 30 countries and mentored emerging leaders. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world. He is a founding member of The Evolutionary Leaders group and on the Advisory Board of The Peace Alliance, and a Fellow of the Laszlo New Paradigm Institute. www.jamesodea.com
'James O'Dea is a modern day prophet who has journeyed further than anyone I know in the ways of peace' --Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance
'James O'Dea is indubitably one of the most evolved souls on the planet' --Ervin Laszlo author of over 40 books on cosmology, consciousness and new science.
Jennifer Kim is a director of The Peace School, the non-profit educational organization that founded Peace Day in Chicago in 1978. She chairs the Chicago Build the Peace Committee and is Co-Chair of the Education Peace Team of the UN IDP-NGO Committee.
Matt Guynn is program director for Nonviolent Social Change at On Earth Peace, which helps individuals, congregations, communities and other groups grow in peace through powerful programs of training and accompaniment. Their professional staff and network of experienced volunteers provide skills, support and spiritual foundations for overcoming violence with the power of love. While grounded in their faith tradition, they work with schools, churches, community organizations, businesses, government agencies and others.
Sande Hart is Director of the Women and Girls Sector of Charter for Compassion International. The mother of two, she is: President of S.A.R.A.H. (Spiritual And Religious Alliance for Hope) Women's Interfaith organization, Past Chair of the North American Region of the United Religions Initiative, and founder of Compassionate California, and Member of the International Team for the One Humanity Institute - Auschwitz Project.
Jonathan Collier, Global Campaign Manager at UK-based non-profit organization Peace One Day, recently entered the peacebuilding sector, joining Peace One Day at the beginning of 2013. He currently manages Peace One Day’s extensive network of coalition member organizations, namely the NGO, Reducing Domestic Violence and Student Coalitions. He has also worked on measuring the awareness and impact of Peace Day, 21 September, across the globe as part of his role. He looks forward to another successful Peace Day in 2014 and a continued strengthening of the peacebuilding movement. His previous job was as an organizer for a UK political party, where he campaigned in the important Central London district. This role was the culmination of several years of political activism. He was also a fundraiser and event organiser for the party, and spoke at a number of party events.
Jonathan holds a BA in Latin American studies and an MA in International Relations, where his focus was on Orientalism and western imperialism in the Middle East. He spent three years living in Mexico, initially as part of his BA studies, and then as an English teacher. He speaks Spanish fluently and has travelled extensively. He has written for a number of online publications, and enjoys writing, reading, politics and classical music.
Nathalie Leroy is the Chief of the Education Outreach Section in the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information for the United Nations.