Puralytics sees strong demand

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beaverton-based Puralytics' new water purification system SolarBag is in high demand.

 

Oregon unemployment benefits rise

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Oregonians who file for unemployment insurance benefits on or after July 1 will receive slightly more in payments.

 

Truck distributor announces Portland layoffs

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Truck-equipment distributor America's Body Co. plans to shutter its Portland facility, eliminating 46 jobs.

 

Oregon startup converts exhaust into electricity

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Hillsboro startup Regenergy365 makes devices that convert HVAC systems' exhaust into electricity.

 

Tesla store coming to Washington Square

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California electric carmaker Tesla Motors will open a retail outlet at Washington Square on July 20.

 

Foreclosure mediation program takes effect

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Oregon homeowners who default or fall behind on mortgage payments now have the right to meet in person with their loan servicer and a mediator.

 

Downtown Bend leases hit record

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Leases of retail and restaurant spaces in downtown Bend hit a record 94%.

 
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24-winethumbA majority of respondents agreed: Local vineyards should remain Oregon-owned and quality is the most important factor when determining where to eat or buy groceries.


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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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