University of Portland plans expansion

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Growing enrollment prompts North Portland university to consider 35-acre expansion

 

Senate farm bill includes sustainable agriculture provisions

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Friday, June 22, 2012

The bill, passed on Thursday, does not contain an amendment sponsored by Senator Wyden supporting hemp industry

 

Governor mediates public radio battle

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Kitzhaber seeks two month grace period to cool disupte between Southern Oregon University and Jefferson Public Radio Foundation

 

U.S.jobs decrease most in 4 years

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Job openings in the U.S. decreased in April by the most in almost four years, the latest sign that the labor market is cooling.

 

CrowdCompass sells for $10 million

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Portland startup CrowdCompass, which makes smartphone apps for conferences, plans to announce this morning that it has sold its business to a Virginia software company called Cvent for $10 million.

 

Chirpify courts politicians

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Portland's Chirpify -- whose technology enables purchases on Twitter, with a single Tweet -- is teaming up with an online campaign consulting firm to court politicians.

 

Golden Temple execs must return $36 million

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kartar Singh Khalsa and four other executives who wrongfully assumed 90 percent ownership in Eugene food company Golden Temple in a 2007 restructuring must return more than $36 million to a court-appointed receiver, according to a court order.

 
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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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