The seven biggest economic lies

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

imo-blogThe President’s Jobs Bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress — and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy, says Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Blackberry outage threatens troubled company

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
thelatestA growing outage in Blackberry service threatens parent company Research In Motion Ltd., an already troubled company.
 

Obama's jobs bill faces first hurdle with Senate vote

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
thelatestPresident Obama’s jobs bill meets its first big test today as the Senate moves toward a vote on whether to take up the legislation, the centerpiece of Obama’s efforts to revive the economy.
 

Why we mourn Steve Jobs

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Thursday, October 06, 2011
thelatestIt is a strange thing to mourn the death of the chairman of one the most profitable companies in the world. But we do. Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, explains why.
 

Anonymous vows to attack NYSE

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011
thelatestThe group of hacker-activists known as Anonymous has vowed to erase the New York Stock Exchange "from the internet" on Oct. 10, in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
 

Amazon's Bezos unveils Kindle Fire

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
thelatestJeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Inc., unveiled the Amazon Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet considered to be the first credible response to the Apple iPad.
 

Health-benefit costs rise

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
thelatestThe cost for businesses to buy health coverage for workers rose the most this year since 2005 and may reach $32,175 for a family in 2021. The average cost of a family policy is currently at $15,073.
 

Is Meg Whitman up to running HP?

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

imo-blogMeg Whitman is allegedly a top pick to be Hewlett-Packard's next CEO, but the to-do list is massive and it's unclear whether swapping leaders will make that much of a difference, says columnist Larry Dignan of CNET News.

 

Oregon foreclosures trending down

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

thelatestMarkedly fewer home foreclosures are being filed in 2011, according to the latest figures released by Eugene-based Gorilla Capital, the state’s largest purchaser of homes sold at foreclosure auction.

 
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A Complex Portrait: Immigration, Jobs and the Economy

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE & KIM MOORE

Oregon Business reports on the visa squeeze, the skills gap and foreign-born residents who are revitalizing rural Oregon.


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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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Streetfight

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Sunday, December 07, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

On Friday, Uber switched on an app — and with one push of the button torpedoed Portland’s famed public process.


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Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

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How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


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Old school: Paulsen's Pharmacy maintains old fashion ethos

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VIDEO: Under the radar — complete with a soda counter, the traditional Paulsen's Pharmacy looks to compete with big box retailers.


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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


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Powerbook Perspective

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Friday, December 12, 2014
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A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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