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November 2009

The electric acid test

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NISSAN_EV6Will 2010 be the year Oregon finally realizes its green dream of being a national market for highway-ready electric vehicles?

 

PDX bicycle boom races through the recession

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

IMG_7097If you think Portland has gone to the bicyclists, just wait until 2030.

 

From ranch to runway

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

0X4Q1358In front of a crowd of black-clad urbanites sitting in the dark, rancher Jeanne Carver told her “sunlight story.”

 

Visitors hit attractions

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Many of Oregon’s top attractions have seen their visitor numbers increase over the last year despite the bad economy.

 

Got milk glut? Dairies struggle

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oregon dairy farmers have been losing money since the financial crisis drove down milk prices last fall.

 

Greens take aim at PGE's Boardman plant

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

_GO_1440Coal generates just 22% of the electricity in the Pacific Northwest, but it is responsible for 87% of greenhouse gas emissions from the regional power grid. Given those numbers, it was only a matter of time before environmental groups took aim at Portland General Electric’s Boardman coal plant, the largest source of greenhouse gases in the state.

 

How Oregon taxes stack up

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Archives - November 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A survey of other states’ taxes shows that while Oregon’s corporate income tax hike is far from radical, other changes make Oregon’s taxes look more extreme.

 
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Behind the curtain: What students should know about accreditation and rankings

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Crowdfunding 2.0

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A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.


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The short list: Holiday habits of six Oregon CEOs

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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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:

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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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

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Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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Shifting Ground

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BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE

Bans on genetically modified crops create uncertainty for farmers.


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Election Season

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We didn’t intend this issue to have an election season theme. But politics has a way of seeping into the cracks and fissures.


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