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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verbaiche in Oakland is doing 22 things including…

start an empathy epidemic

6 cheers


verbaiche has written 5 entries about this goal

free jena 6

social justice is a moral value?

Tis the season

Despite the Salvation Army jinglers, Christmas is terrible for empathy. (Yes, buy hulking expensive toys for kids who already have everything and then give your spare change to the poor. [Pardon the gross generalization. I’m at fault here, too, since I also don’t give as much as I spend.])

Materialism, consumptionism, and commercialization.

The tinsel kind of makes sick to my stomach.


Right, I should start with myself.


I really should focus on this more. And to be more empathetic myself. On a smaller and more local scale, I’d like to spend less time bemoaning the fact that other people don’t understand me when I should probably be making a stronger effort to understand them. In a broader sense, I should try to go beyond simply thinking, “Oh, well that’s too bad” when I learn something that angers me and to actually DO something about it. Of course, this is so much easier said than done….

Sigh. I hate how I’m active in thought and passive in action.


What? A federal deficit, you say?

Seems to me that we’re much more lacking in empathy than in dollar signs…

verbaiche has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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