Japan seeks alternatives to Oregon wheat

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Japan is looking to buy alternatives to Oregon wheat as the Japanese government extended the suspension of purchases from the state for a sixth week.

 

Oregon Duck apparel licensees submit applications to continue

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Small producers of Oregon Duck apparel and headwear submitted proposals to the University of Oregon to become official apparel licensees.

 

Ad campaign touts Cover Oregon

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Monday, July 08, 2013

A multimillion-dollar state ad campaign debuts this week to raise awareness of Cover Oregon, the state's new health insurance marketplace.

 

Oregon changing GED requirements

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Oregon community groups are trying to persuade people to get their GED by the end of 2013 before the tests get harder and more complex.

 

Business up near Eugene's wealthy neighborhoods

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Retail in Eugene is growing quickly, with storefronts in long-stagnant areas being rented.

 

Lawmakers propose $10M funding for Convention Center hotel

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Oregon lawmakers proposed to partly fund the Convention Center hotel with $10 million in lottery bonds.

 

Water supply fund goes to governor

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The Oregon House and Senate passed a bill to create the state's first water supply development fund.

 
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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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