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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Philip Zimbardo: The demise of guys?
http://www.ted.com/talks/zimchallenge.html
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, “Why are boys struggling?” He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons—and he asks for your help!

Eve Ensler: Suddenly, my body
http://www.ted.com/talks/eve_ensler.html
Poet, writer, activist Eve Ensler lived in her head. In this powerful talk from TEDWomen, she talks about her lifelong disconnection from her body—and how two shocking events helped her to connect with the reality, the physicality of being human.

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits
http://www.ted.com/talks/caroline_casey_looking_past_limits.html
Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.

Adam Ostrow: After your final status update
http://www.ted.com/talks/adam_ostrow_after_your_final_status_update.html
Many of us have a social media presence—a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: What happens to that personality after you’ve died? Could it … live on?

Courtney Martin: Reinventing feminism
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/courtney_martin_reinventing_feminism.html
Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word “feminism” in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation’s quest to define the term for themselves.

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better
http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_5_ways_to_listen_better.html
In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, “We are losing our listening.” In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening—to other people and the world around you.

Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself
http://www.ted.com/talks/thandie_newton_embracing_otherness_embracing_myself.html
Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness”—first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. A warm, wise talk, fresh from stage at TEDGlobal 2011.



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