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A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream

The inescapable choice that every American must now make: Podcast interview with Peter Weddle

 
 Peter WeddlePeter Weddle

We should not see ourselves as a "job seeker" or an "employee," but rather as a "person of talent."

Tracing the experiences of three laid-off professionals, A Multitude of Hope, by Peter Weddle, follows each person's search for employment as Baby Boomers. One of them is contacted by a secret online group of activists called Walden 4G. Its mission is to hack investment bankers and hedge funders and destroy their hold on America's workplace. As they put it, they practice "economic disobedience." Drawing on the self-reliance of Thoreau's Walden and the quest for an American utopia in B. F. Skinner's Walden Two, Walden 4G shows the three job seekers a different way forward-one that offers great potential but also requires great change. Each one of them is confronted with a stark choice: accept a familiar but diminished future or change themselves and reclaim the hopefulness of the American Dream.

Peter Weddle is the CEO of WEDDLE's, a specialty publisher in the fields of employment and leadership. He has written columns for CNN.com, National Business Employment Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Work Strong and the WEDDLE's WizNotes series. He also serves as the executive director of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, the global trade organization for job boards.

 

Today, Weddle writes two newsletters that are distributed worldwide and oversees WEDDLE's LLC, a print publisher specializing in the field of human resources. WEDDLE's annual Guides and Directory to job boards are recognized for their accuracy and helpfulness, leading the American Staffing Association to call Weddle the "Zagat of the online employment industry." Weddle is the former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Job Bank USA, Inc., one of the largest electronic employment service companies in the United States, which he founded in 1991 and sold in 1996. From 1988 to 1991, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Research Corporation, an international company with offices in 17 countries, which provided consulting expertise in all aspects of human resource management and development. He has also been a Partner in The Hay Group, and from 1985 to 1988, founded and then ran its workforce management and development subsidiary, Hay Systems, Inc.. In addition, he has chaired and/or served on numerous appointed boards for the U.S. Government, including studies by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Science Board and the Army Science Board. In 1988, he was awarded the U.S. Government's Medal for Public Service for his contributions to Federal research.

Weddle has published widely on career and employment topics, and has also appeared frequently in the media, including CBS This Morning, The Today Show, CNNfn, The McLaughlin Group, Bloomberg Financial News, National Empowerment Television and WBIS and been quoted in The New York Times, The National Business Employment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Money and other publications. In addition, he has spoken to meetings and conventions sponsored by such organizations as AT&T, United Airlines, Business Week Magazine, Success Magazine, the Young Presidents' Organization, the Society for Human Resource Management, the International Personnel Management Association, and the International Society for Performance Improvement.

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.

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