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Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TIME: The leader of the Catholic Church was chosen as TIME's pick for Person of the Year 2013.

 

UK says cure for dementia possible by 2025

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

AP: British Prime Minister David Cameron says he hopes to kick-start an international effort to find a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025.

 

Budget deal reached in Congress

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

BBC: A cross-party Congressional budget committee convened after an October government shutdown has reached an agreement on the federal budget.

 

Mars freshwater lake might have supported life

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Washington Post: NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence of an ancient lake on Mars.

 

Uruguay to become first country to legalize marijuana

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Reuters: Uruguay's Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world's first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana.

 

GM names first woman CEO

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BBC: US car giant General Motors (GM) has promoted product development chief Mary Barra to the post of chief executive.

 

Government spies snooped in video games

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Monday, December 09, 2013

CNN: U.S. and U.K. spies spent time undercover looking for terrorists in online video games like "World of Warcraft."

 

Tech firms seek surveillance reform

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Monday, December 09, 2013

BBC: Leading global technology firms have called for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.

 

Ice storm wreaks havoc nationwide

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Monday, December 09, 2013

CNN: A rare icy weather pattern is walloping virtually the entire United States at once.

 

Federal Reserve could ease stimulus sooner rather than later

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Friday, December 06, 2013

New York Times: News that the unemployment rate fell to a five-year low increases the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will ease stimulus efforts soon.

 

Measles cases rise in U.S.

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Friday, December 06, 2013

USA Today: The U.S. is experiencing a spike in measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

World mourns Nelson Mandela

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Friday, December 06, 2013

BBC: South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95.

 

Supreme Court to decide patent fracas between Google and Microsoft

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Bloomberg Businessweek: A bitter software patent case that has split the high-tech industry will be heard by the Supreme Court and its ruling could have major implications for the U.S. economy.

 
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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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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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The short list: Holiday habits of six Oregon CEOs

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We ask business and nonprofit leaders how they survive the season.


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The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

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Powerbook Perspective

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A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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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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Top stories in 2014

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2014 was a year of wild contradictions, fast-paced growth and unexpected revelations.


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