Public university tuition goes down

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Funding approved by the Legislature means that tuition rates at Oregon's public universities will go down starting next year.

 

Winter sports season begins

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Timberline Ski Area on Mount Hood opened its Pucci chairlift, marking the beginning of the winter sports season.

 

NFL, Nike fight counterfeit products

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Nike and the NFL continue to fight knockoff apparel on websites and outside stadiums.

 

Bend again among fastest growing areas in Oregon

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Bend and Deschutes County are again among the fastest-growing areas in Oregon, according to new population estimates from Portland State University.

 

Eugene Woolworth building filling up

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The new $10.8 million Woolworth Building in downtown Eugene is now 75% full.

 

Electric Avenue could continue

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Portland City Council plans to extend Portland State University's Electric Avenue experiment until February 2015.

 

Oregon boosts movie, film incentives by $4M

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Oregon's film office sold $4 million worth of tax credits during an online auction to fund subsidies for movie and tv productions in Oregon.

 
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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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