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Eugene bag ban nearly here

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eugene's plastic bag ban begins May 1, and it will apply to more than just grocery stores.

 

Portland digital agency The Good grows

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Portland digital agency The Good improves websites and streamlines online shopping. It has grown rapidly since its founding four years ago.

 

Portland foreclosure rate up

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The foreclosure rate in Portland was up slightly in December compared to a year earlier.

 

Hillsboro in online contest

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hillsboro is one of 20 cities in a Huffington Post contest as part of the $5 million Bloomberg Mayors Challenge that seeks to drive innovation in local government.

 

Lane County officials to lease downtown Eugene land

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to seek a deal to lease downtown land to Fifth Street Public Market owner Brian Obie as part of a major downtown redevelopment project.

 

Unemployed outnumber job openings 5-to-1 in Oregon

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oregon's unemployed outnumber private-sector job openings five-to-one, a new report says.

 

Little known about which programs will be impacted by federal cuts

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oregon will lose over $38 million under automatic federal budget cuts that kick in Friday, but it is still unknown which specific programs will be impacted.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
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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Shuffling the Deck

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Tackling the CEO-worker pay gap

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An SEC rule targets the disparity between executive and employee compensation, reigniting a long-standing debate about corporate social responsibility.


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The short list: 5 hot coffee shops for entrepreneurs

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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


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