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Multnomah County libraries restore hours

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Multnomah County libraries will be open on Mondays again starting in July.

 

Portland fluoride vote nearing

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Ballots are arriving for the hotly-contested special election on whether to fluoridate Portland's water.

 

Online tax plan confusing business owners

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Monday, May 06, 2013

A bill in Congress to implement an Internet sales tax is opposed by Oregon Senators and confusing to Oregon business owners.

 

Oregon bill targets vacant foreclosures

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Oregon's "Good Neighbor Bill" was approved in the House and awaits a hearing in the Senate. It would take care of vacant eyesore properties.

 

Hispanic food market grows

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Demand for Hispanic food, like Eugene's De Casa Fine Foods' salsa, is growing in Lane County and across the U.S.

 

Portland longshore workers locked out

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Columbia Grain Inc. locked out Portland longshore workers for obstructing exports by gaming the system.

 

Rogue names President of Spirits

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Rogue Ale & Spirits named 25-year-old Michael Higgins President of Spirits.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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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