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|Wednesday, February 01, 2006|
Pieces of the future
A tenacious tribe of volunteers plays a vital role in Reedsport’s success
By Christina Williams
The stretch of Highway 101 between Florence and Coos Bay skims behind the dunes into the trees, limiting the breathtaking views that characterize the coastal road. At Gardiner, 101 snakes down a hill and the view opens up to the right, dominated by the abandoned International Paper mill and the swollen Umpqua River flowing into Winchester Bay.
“This community needs to coalesce around a set of priorities,” Vander Kley says. “This area is formidable when we all get together. But we tend to deal with the priority that comes up and get led down a path that may not benefit everyone.”
Even if priorities are still disparate, there’s a real sense in Reedsport that change is welcome. Even at Reedsport City Hall, there’s a new face in the city manager’s office —Rick Hohnbaum, who started the job in October.
“There’s a desire to change our economic base here, to make things better,” Hohnbaum says. “There’s a lot of consensus building in the community.”
Hohnbaum, who has registered for the second leadership training class being offered by Ford this spring, is under no illusion that the city could be effective without the volunteers who are putting in effort on various projects around town. He sees the city’s role as one of convener, bringing together the various volunteer groups to the table to plot a plan for the city. “It’s going to take all of them,” he says.
Reedsport’s volunteer corps travels with diverse ideas about what the town needs and putting them into action is what leadership is about.
Twinkie Goorhuis sought support from her neighbors but drove the skate park initiative almost on her own, from collecting cans to soliciting grants. Still, while her initial motive may have been selfish — building a place where her son could skate — the project took on more of a community mission as it progressed, from making the park a usable place to grooming the next generation.
She greets a sweatshirted, baggy-jeaned boy as he arrives at the park, skateboard under his arm. “If you get to know these kids, their creativity is amazing,” she says. “They’re not the ones who are going to play team sports. But if you channel these kids in the right direction, they’re the ones who are going to invent things and start companies.”
Thursday, December 11, 2014
There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:
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!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
BY NISHANT BHAJARIA | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.
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