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Danger Bearers

Danger bearers are people, groups, departments, communities etc., who are ‘affected’ by the decisions which others make (=risk takers). The simplest example of this is that every passenger who is exposed to the driving style of the driver must share the danger. Their attempts to brake or to speed up will fail because of the missing pedal. They have to live with it, as long as they cannot get out.

The advantages of this position are:

• that one can suffer with some justification, if one has to endure the negative consequences
• that one can feel entitled to communicate criticisms and blame, and, that one has a clear delivery address for these messages, i.e., the person who took the risk
• that one can assert without risk that one knows how it could have been done better
• that one is not exposed to any blame procedures, by oneself or others (“I was not to blame for that!”) and
• that it is easy to join with other affected parties to become (accusation-)communities (“The boss again!”, “The weather …!”). As danger bearer one feels well understood by other danger bearers.

The disadvantages of this position are:

• that one experiences oneself as ineffective
• that one does not shape one’s own interests and needs
• that one can only react and rebel