Platt Perspective on Business and Technology

Tolerance and openness under stress – some thoughts on 9-11

Posted in Uncategorized by Timothy Platt on September 11, 2010

Platt Perspective is a business and technology oriented blog and I focus on that in my postings. But much of what I write of involves social networking and community, and best practices for connecting to create and share mutual value.

I wasn’t initially planning on posting about 9-11 and the anniversary of the terrorist attack of 2001 that brought the United States and many others into war on several fronts. My intention in this blog has never been to post political views. But at the risk of violating that goal I find myself writing of 9-11 here, and of the need for tolerance and openness as a counterpart to the closed minded violence we see in the news.

Too many of us are too quick to demonize those who differ from us, and so often for violating standards that we do not live up to either. We see differences as Other, and demonize Other, and in so doing undercut any moral standing we might claim for ourselves. And we reach out to do violence in the name of our religion or our creed or our politics and even when that action violates the basic tenants that we would claim to support. We become our own worst enemies and all we would strike out at become as if reflection of ourselves.

Before we look for flaws and error in others, perhaps we should look to our own beliefs, and most especially to how we show our true beliefs and opinions in the actions we take and the enacted priorities we live by. And we need to set aside the easy, fascicle stereotypes and look to individuals for who they are and what they do – and not simply to membership in larger groups.

I am an American and write this note thinking of some of the anti-Muslim sentiments that have come up in the news lately, highlighting the words and actions of bigots and the religiously intolerant. Too much like that is done on all sides and it gets too much publicity, drowning out efforts of good faith to bridge the gaps that divide us.

This is important for business and the marketplace but more than that it is vitally important for us as individuals and for our families, and for the communities we live in.

So if we would repudiate the terrorist impulse that made 9-11-2001 so painful for so many, it should be in denying the impulse to repudiate Other, and to reach out to accept our differences and our diversity. And that is my wish for this 9-11 and for all to come.

Tim Platt
September 11, 2010

An update on this blog – a link with the Four Groups blog

Posted in Uncategorized by Timothy Platt on November 1, 2009

I will have posted 68 times to this blog counting this note and the number of comments and replies to my postings has more or less stayed even with that. I really appreciate the feedback and interest expressed in those comments you have shared with me and I enjoy them as opportunities to share thoughts from you and to develop conversations.

The reason I decided to post this update was to make what I see as a very important announcement. I have just reciprocally shared links with another business blog that I have come to respect a great deal. Bruce Lewin and his business Four Groups offer insightful approaches to developing great teams that add real value to the organizations they work for. I invite you to take a look, both at the Four Groups web site and at their blog at, as I am sure you will find them a real source of insight and value too.

Upcoming on Platt Perspective

Posted in Uncategorized by Timothy Platt on October 22, 2009

I am only posting one real content item today with the most recent installment in my social networking and job search series. I have been busy in meetings and with my startup, among other things. I have not, however, forgotten that I posted I will be adding a Business and convergent technologies part 3 on virtual reality. That is a high priority for upcoming postings, as is a new segment on startups, with a focus on moving past ad hoc.

Upcoming postings – a quick planning preview for the weeks ahead

Posted in Uncategorized by Timothy Platt on October 16, 2009

As of today, I have planned out:

• Seven more specific installments in the social networking and job search series.
• The opening segments of a new series on business and convergent technologies.
• A couple of specific In the News analysis pieces,

I am planning on posting a piece on Twitter tomorrow, touching on best practices issues and how its use does and does not connect into and support business strategy and effective business marketing goals. I am also going to post that next job search strategy and tactics segment as cited at the end of part 5, below.

I will, of course, be posting daily. If you find this of interest please share the URL to the blog with your friends and colleagues, and certainly any who might be looking for new career opportunities or be involved in new businesses. And I look forward to your comments to these postings as I find them of real value and my intent here is to both share information and to develop a basis for discussion. Thanks, Tim Platt

… thoughts and experience shared on a range of business and technology issues.

Posted in Uncategorized by Timothy Platt on August 27, 2009

A wide range of colleagues have asked me to blog and for a long time now, and I have finally decided to take the step and do it.  I alternate between full time employment with single organizations and consulting, and have developed experience in a range of industries and in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  I bring this, coupled with the fact that I am interested in everything to this blog and I am looking forward to sharing ideas through it. 


Timothy Platt, Ph.D.

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