Land trust opens Oregon office

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Washington-based Columbia Land Trust opened a new office across the river in Hood River.

 

Salvation Army opens new shelter

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The Salvation Army opened a new shelter in Portland for homeless women.

 

Gold Hill gets area's first marijuana clinic

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Two years after opening a medical marijuana center in Medford, business owner Mike Schanno is opening the region's first medical marijuana wellness center in Gold Hill.

 

Portland's 'breakeven horizon' shrinks to 3 years

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The rent vs. buy decision is getting closer to "buy" in the Portland area, Zillow says.

 

Port says Hayden Island price too high

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The Port of Portland says the environmental conditions suggested for its West Hayden Island annexation make the marine trade terminals financially undevelopable.

 

Lake Oswego company releases iPhone microscope

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A Lake Oswego company released the first professional microscope for iPhones and iPads, called the ProScope Micro Mobile.

 

Neil Kelly acquires solar company

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Neil Kelly acquired a Portland solar energy installation firm.

 
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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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