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Plastic bag campaigns begin in Oregon

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An effort to ban plastic bags in cities around Oregon is kicking off after a statewide ban failed in the Legislative session.

 

Oregon wheat stunted by dry spell

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Eastern Oregon's wheat crop is suffering due to a lack of rain.

 

Wildfires force home evacuations in Oregon

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oregon crews are battling six major wildfires that have forces the evacuation of more than 100 houses.

 

Rep. Bonamici works to fix internship system

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has a solution to fix Washington D.C.'s unpaid internship system.

 

LaborWorks opens 11th branch

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Industrial staffing agency LaborWorks opened a branch in Tigard, its 11th along the West Coast.

 

Portland home prices jump

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Portland home prices rose 12.5% in May from a year ago, and 2.2% from April.

 

LTE coverage expands in Portland

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Monday, July 29, 2013

T-Mobile added LTE wireless Internet service in the Portland area, and Sprint's buildout is nearly complete.

 
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Crowdfunding 2.0

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
120214-crowdfund-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.


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Woman of Steel

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BY LINDA BAKER

Tamara Lundgren tackles the challenges—without getting trampled.


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See How They Run

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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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Election Season

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We didn’t intend this issue to have an election season theme. But politics has a way of seeping into the cracks and fissures.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
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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Dan and Louis Oyster Bar opens up to a changing neighborhood

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VIDEO: Revamping a Classic — an iconic eatery stays relevant in a changing marketplace.


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I Know How You Feel

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Most smartphones come equipped with speech recognition systems like Siri or Cortana that are capable of understanding the human voice and putting words into actions. But what if smartphones could do more? What if smartphones could register feeling?


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