Fewer women earn high-tech degrees

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Fewer women are earning degrees in high-tech fields, even though employers are having trouble finding candidates to fill those positions.

 

Oregon jobless claims jump by highest amount in U.S.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Unemployment applications increased by 2,079 in Oregon last week, the largest increase in the U.S. 

 

IRS offers plans for late tax payments

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service is offering an expansion of its "Fresh Start" program as the filing deadline approaches.

 

TriMet releases final budget plan

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

TriMet released its final $12 million budget-balancing plan, which calls for $1.1 million in savings from route changes and service reductions.

 

Portland carbon emissions down 26 percent

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Carbon emissions are down 26% per person in Portland compared to 1990.

 

Ashland iPad app gets angel investment

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

An Ashland-based startup that makes an iPad app to assist ER personnel won the $160,000 Southern Oregon Angel Investment prize.

 

Oregon bank holdups drop

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bank robberies are continuing to decline in Oregon, according to new numbers released by the FBI.

 
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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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