Sprint turns on LTE service in Portland suburbs

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sprint has been rolling out LTE wireless data service in the Portland area.

 

PSU offers brewing business class

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Portland State University is offering an online course on the craft brewing business.

 

Penguin publishing group sues Oregon nonprofit

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Penguin Group sued Oregon-based nonprofit online library American Buddha for posting online entire contents of books for which Penguin has exclusive rights.

 

Oregon coast prepares for dangerous debris

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A dangerous form of debris could soon wash up on the Oregon Coast.

 

OHSU patient info compromised

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More than 4,000 Oregon Health & Science University patients have been notified that their personal information was in a surgeon's laptop that was stolen.

 

Lewis and Clark gets master's law degree

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lewis & Clark Law School's newest degree is a master's program for law students to learn about environmental law without practicing it.

 

Bill would allow Oregon to bargain for better health insurance rates

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Monday, March 25, 2013

House Bill 2118 would let Oregon negotiate with health insurance plans before letting them sell insurance on a state website.

 
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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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