June 2010

The green edge: Workplaces embrace sustainability

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

0610_GreenCos02Recycling is so passé. All of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon are doing it — making sure paper, plastic, metal and any other recyclable material ends up in the blue bin and not the trash can. Many employees are even willing to reprimand their co-workers over matters of waste disposal, and when necessary, Dumpster dive.

 

Natural foods makers face challenge of growth

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Not many company histories include a Grateful Dead show, but in Eugene, the town that birthed Ken Kesey and the Oregon Country Fair, such distinctions matter.

 

Pressure is on to make data centers green

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Articles - June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_Data01Locals reacted with shock and glee when Facebook revealed in January that it would be building its first data center in humble Prineville. But the story did not stay so gleeful. Electricity generation is the leading source of carbon emissions in the U.S., and data centers are notorious power hogs.

 

Log export dock divides Astoria

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Articles - June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS10Once upon a time, Astoria was the largest log exporter on the West Coast. But boatloads of Douglas fir haven’t steamed for Asia from Northwest Oregon in 14 years. That’s expected to change this summer as Westerlund Log Handlers, based in Bremerton, Wash., sets up a log-exporting facility on Port of Astoria property.

 

Gresham shops celebrate a fee holiday

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Articles - June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS09Like most cities around the state, Gresham has been hard hit by the commercial real estate crash. Its downtown core is dotted with vacant storefronts, left behind by businesses that failed or moved out of town. But unlike most cities, Gresham decided one way to bring business back to its downtown was to waive all development-related fees as well as first-year license fees.

 

Nike's ad leaves experts wondering

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Articles - June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS08Nike’s jaw-droppingly weird Tiger Woods ad, produced by Wieden + Kennedy and featuring the voice of Woods’ dead father, continues to garner attention (3 million-plus hits at nike.com and counting) because, advertising experts say, it doesn’t say anything.

 

eROI prepares for a leap

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Articles - June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS05After distinguishing itself as one of Oregon’s fastest-growing private companies in 2007, the 46-employee Portland-based e-marketing firm eROI saw its growth slow through 2008 and 2009. But don’t blame the recession.

 
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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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