Changes in China affect Portland recycling

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

An effort in China to curb pollution means Portland-area recycler Far West Fibers has to change the kinds of containers and plastic items it can accept.

 

Zenger Farm to double program capacity

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Portland nonprofit Zenger Farm plans to break ground on an "urban grange."

 

Small Portland company does vinyl mastering

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Portland-based Telegraph Mastering is one of only two local studios that can cut a stereo vinyl lacquer.

 

Elephants Deli goes green

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Elephants Delicatessen added new recycling and composting stations to keep more items out of the waste stream.

 

Foreclosure activity down

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lenders foreclosed on 52,000 U.S. homes in April, down 16% from 62,000 in April 2012.

 

LNG pipeline unites landowners against it

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The potential environmental impact of the proposed Pacific Connecter Gas Pipeline has landowners worried.

 

Longshore union protests grain lockout in boats

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Longshore workers are taking to the water to confront scabs in the Portland and Vancouver grain terminal lockouts.

 
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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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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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