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Biodiesel hub coming to NW Portland

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Three companies are joining together to form a biodiesel manufacturing and distribution hub in Portland's Northwest Industrial District.

 

Oregon scientists discuss global warming

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

At an event at PSU, three Oregon climate scientists made their case that increases in manmade greenhouse gases are driving climate change.

 

Manufacturing plants rebounding from recession

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Two Prineville manufacturing facilities, Woodgrain Millwork and Contact Industries, adapted during the recession to keep their doors open.

 

Adidas, MLS announce smart tracking system

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Adidas America and Major League Soccer announced that the 2012 All-Star Game will feature new tracking software.

 

$33M in contracts awarded to diverse Oregon firms

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$33 million in contracts with the 12 largest Oregon state agencies was given to businesses owned by minorities or women, or small businesses considered "emerging."

 

Crop sales soar in Oregon

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Oregon agricultural sales hit a record $5.2 billion last year, according to a report from Oregon State University.

 

Intel facial recognition marketing now in Oregon

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Facial recognition technology developed at Intel is being used to focus on and target customers. 

 
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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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