What is my role?


Ollie and I were talking a while back about how good it would be if we told each other more how we really perceive each other. But sometimes we find it hard, for all sorts of reasons. There’s an related post to be written about tarot cards, but, until then, I happened upon this way of asking friends to tell you what they think: Ask them what your role is, socially, within your peer group.

My answers so far:

Your role is to make people think about their lives in the big picture and provide a model for how enjoyable lives should be lived.xx

WTF?! Have you read The Tipping Point? Think you are part maven, part connector.

well now it certianly used to be organiser of missions
at addison road it was making thing happen person
generally inspiration and drive to make things happen

off the top of my head thats your ‘role’
if there is such a thing

Hmmm,  well, as i know you seperately from the rest of your social circle, i can only talk about your role to me…

  1. ideas man – practical yet wildly ambitious
  2. motivator – boundless enthusiasm that most other people lack
  3. confidant – you have a very sincere look when listening…it works!
  4. strength (physical) – every group needs one!

to light fires

you’re a very strange fish sometimes Mr D. However, to pander to your most recent weirdness I reckon:
The eternal optimist, always dreaming of and trying to get us all to live in his vision of the perfect world. And someone who’s up for adventure. Thats more of a character description but describing your role in a peer group is quite tricky (and far too american for my liking).

I find these really very nice and affirming. It’s good to have people tell you who you are and help shape you for the best.

This one was entertaining, but useless.

Executive nancy boy.

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons


  1. Do the kevan.org johari test.
    The other game to play is ‘tendency to’. So agree with your friends what your ‘tendency to’ is and you can just accept it as a friendly reminder that you are straying. ‘We are in your tendency to be an asshole or be anal or whatever’

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