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May 2008

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Remember the iconic scene in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial where Elliott and his alien friend fly through the air on a bike, silhouetted by the moon?

 

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Next: hybrid heart stent
April 2008

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Tiny, stainless steel lattice tubes have been propping coronary arteries open since the 1980s, but never without triggering reactions in some patients that are worse than untreated heart disease.

 

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Next: the human-powered car
March 2008

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In a cartoon car dealership, the Imagine LMV would sit somewhere between the Flintstone-mobile and the Jetsons’ flying space-age sedan.

 

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Next: the TekPet
February 2008

TekPet.jpgThe TekPet is, for lack of a more erudite description, ridiculously cute.

 

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Next: an inspired test tube
January 2008

microsteins.jpgOur story begins, as many do, in a pub.

 

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Next: OHSU's $5,000 mouse
December 2007

Mouse1207.jpgIt’s a tricky thing to talk up a mouse without getting cheesy.

 

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Will an improved broccoli cost more?
December 2007

"What does not seem to be considered is the cost to the consumer, as this vegetable, important to a healthful diet, is generally sold by the pound."

 

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Next: building a better broccoli
November 2007

LongNeckBroccoli.jpgThe desirability of a long neck is well established: swans, Audrey Hepburn, bottled beer. Now along comes the humble, nutritious broccoli with the same ambition.

 

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Next: Oregon Center for Aging and Technology
October 2007

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Take two and don’t bother calling us in the morning — we already know what you popped and when you popped ’em.

 

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September 2007

NEXTGleukos.jpgIt was the packaging that caught our eye. The squishy pouch that can be flattened once it’s empty to make room for other more important items in the backpack.

 

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Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
carsonstudentdept-thumbBY RYAN CARSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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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Healthcare pullback

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
112014-boehnercare-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Each month for Oregon Business, we assess factors that are shaping current capital market activity—and what they mean to investors. Here we take a look at two major developments regarding possible rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER

Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

The Latest
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BY NISHANT BHAJARIA | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR112614-immigration-thumb

By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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Downtime

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Bob Dethlefs, CEO of Evanta, balances work and play.


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