Economists have a charming term for this cascading causality: creative destruction — “destruction” because the status quo crumbles, “creative” because something new takes its place.
July 25th, 2014 · No Comments
March 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments
Between Ken Kesey Square at the heart of downtown Eugene and all of the University of Oregon buildings that bear Phil Knight’s imprimatur, it’s easy to overlook the legacy of Bill Bowerman and the culture of excellence he attempted to instill here.
September 20th, 2013 · 12 Comments
After it’s gone away for a year or two, do you know what will happen? Something else will sprout to take its place.
September 14th, 2012 · No Comments
How about ending practices once a week with your speedsters running 4×100 relay races at Hayward Field, professionally timed and open to the public? An eating contest for the linemen? A human tractor-pull? Let some of those competitive juices flow in public.
April 12th, 2012 · No Comments
Have you ever wondered why Eugene and Springfield, which are joined at the centerline of I-5, can feel so far apart? The gap between our two cities never has been geographic.
March 15th, 2012 · No Comments
We’re a college town. So why would we now worry that we’ll have a college downtown? Our two centers will begin becoming one.
December 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Circumstances are not what drive history forward; character is. Consequences and precedents can dissuade us from becoming true expressions of our unique and authentic selves, but they are always over and done with before we can act on them.
November 19th, 2011 · No Comments
Phil Knight brilliantly perceived that manufacturing in the East and selling in the West tilted the economic formula profoundly in his favor. Software development also is weightless, so Bill Gates could pick the quietest corner of the country to become the nation’s richest man.
September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments
Knowledge and passion can be blissfully bifurcated. That’s good for adult sports fans, but lousy for high school athletes.