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Knowledge Universe maintains a relatively low profile in Portland. Until recently, most of its corporate philanthropy — partnerships with Schoolhouse Supplies, SMART board representation — was conducted in the name of company brands, which are better known in the community than Knowledge Universe, Thornton says. That strategy goes beyond philanthropy. It also underscores the dual world in which Knowledge Universe operates. Child care is an intensely personal decision for most families, but those decisions, warn business and political leaders, also determine the country’s future in an increasingly globalized marketplace.
Last year, a Silicon Valley high-tech company and CCLC client asked Knowledge Universe to provide a similar program for its employees in India. “They had already selected another provider in India but the challenge was India traditionally does not have infant and toddler programs,” Thornton says, adding that Knowledge Universe is now running the center after conducting immersion training for local staff.
What is the moral of that story? “We’re seeing that child care is no longer a benefit just for headquarter employees…but more broadly for all employees,” Thornton says. For Knowledge Universe, quality early childhood education may depend on “Miss Jane” — as Thornton puts it — but the bigger picture is workforce development and human capital.
Without quality early childhood education programs, it’s impossible to recruit talent. Without quality early childhood education programs, it’s impossible to develop future talent. And in case the global citizenry doesn’t understand the ramifications, Knowledge Universe is ready to explain.
Friday, November 14, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
Oregon entrepreneurs reveal their favorite caffeine hangouts.
Friday, October 31, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland? The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented. But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.
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!
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
BY OB STAFF
Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Checking in with the managing director of Arnerich Massena.
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.
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