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The vast majority of Oregon’s timber harvest is happening west of the Cascades, as Eastern Oregon harvests decline to a point that’s threatening remaining mills there. Eighty-seven percent of the total harvest in 2005 occurred in the western third of the state, while total harvest in Eastern Oregon dropped 90 million board feet from 2004, according to a recent Oregon Department of Forestry report. Overall, state timber harvests were down slightly from ’04. Much of the westside timber came from private lands owned by timber companies. Meanwhile, harvesting on federal forests in the eastern portion of Oregon declined. “A beleaguered forest industry on the eastside of the state managed to keep the few remaining mills operating,” says Gary Lettman, a state forest economist. “But the possibility of industry decline is worrisome, as lumber prices fall, and the outlook for housing demand sours.”

 

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Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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