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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do volunteer work with refugees and asylum seekers

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atwalpHelping the community

. I would like to help people to develop themselves and make them aware of the help that it out there for them. Help them to take control of their lives and bring them back into a safe community.

. I would also like to help to challenge discrimination to support and reflect diversity,promote equality of opportunity. 5 years ago


weathergirlI reckon I can put this as done now..

..although it’s not over! I don’t think anything feels like enough. The policies that our government has about asylum seekers boggles my mind – not only immoral but almost certainly illegal under international human rights law(others are speaking out though! ) and the barriers that they face in this country, the fifth richest country in the world, are inconceivable. It makes me so angry that racist thugs like the BNP can put blatant lies on the net on a site that looks credible, and that people might believe them . Well hey, even the papers are saying it. Here ’s a choice article from the Daily Hate. Yes they are quite right that there is a, as they say, “shaming truth” here but not the one they think. I tell myself that I’ll be able to do more as a doctor but even the doctors at the clinics for asylum seekers that I’ve been shadowing are completely unsatisfied with what they are doing and the care they’re able to give. It’s better than nothing I suppose, but that shouldn’t be enough. People who come here to claim asylum are almost always so strong and courageous, but they are still among the most vulnerable in our society and need the best care and resources, not have to fight for even basic rights. I saw a qualified surgeon in the clinic the other day, living in poverty not allowed to work. He wants to work for the NHS and his determination and wonderful soul will make sure he gets to, despite all the barriers in his way now. It’s a good thing that the people that I’ve met are so courageous and good hearted. 7 years ago


weathergirlThe Refugee Council

I was doing interviews with refugee health workers from the Refugee Council offices in Brixton yesterday, for the project I’m doing about the health of asylum seekers and refugees, and they said that I could volunteer with them over the summer and help out with what they do. They are a really big organisation that campaigns for the welfare of refugees, and provide language courses, health advocacy and advice, housing advice, counselling – I think they do such an important job. Should be fun! xxx 8 years ago


weathergirlTraining

I’m going on a training course with the people running the healthcare services for refugees and asylum seekers. It’s to teach me about the problems they face, what to look out for, immigration law, and what benefits they’re entitled to and things like that. Should be good! 8 years ago


weathergirlVolunteering

There’s a project in London working to provide free healthcare for people who otherwise might not get it; homeless people, asylum seekers, sex workers etc. It seems so great to me and exactly the kind of thing I want to do with my life. I’d love to help with it. So this week I’m going to call them and find out what I can do. 8 years ago


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