Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Sammie Thinking I should "Do It Now!"

Donate $25 for a Kiva loan (read all 4 entries…)
Browsing the Kiva site

I have been browsing the Kiva site and reading more and more about the loan recipients (called entrepreneurs on the site – I like that, it empowers them).

There is so much to learn, and a little to be wary of … or not so much wary, perhaps just aware. It appears that not all of the lending groups are made equal. There are things like risk factors and so forth to take into account – although I did notice that at least one group who are doing absolutely amazing things in their community have a very high risk rating. Perhaps the greater risk means the lenders money may have a greater impact? The other thing I noticed was religion, which led me to realise that some of the MFIs may not be in line with my own beliefs. Not a problem, just a reminder to me to pick an MFI who’s mission I support rather than just randomly selecting an entrepreneur off the front page.

Also, the more I read the more I find myself googling place names, historical events, charity organisations. I feel like I’m learning and taking away so much just from the one simple step of signing up and donating $25. It really makes you appreciate what you’ve got. This story in particular got me thinking. Working it out on today’s currency conversion rates this man’s weekly net income is ~$31 AUD. Even allowing for different costs of living, he’s supporting a wife and three kids. Really puts it in perspective, hey?


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