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Unbucket – Collaborative Lists Platform For True Living

Before I’d ever heard of such a thing as a bucket list, I was busy making lists of things I meant to explore in my lifetime–places I wanted to travel, books I wanted to read, languages I hoped to learn, and, more recently, yoga postures I planned to keep steady. To name only a few… I make a lot of daily to-do lists as well (Sigh). It’s a lot easier to make these lists than it is to cross off fulfilled intentions. That’s why I was excited to hear about the startup Unbucket.






Unbucket is a platform for creating lists of things to experience and for sharing them with friends and family. Yes. Finally, a convenient and useful means to consolidate all my lists, and to keep them somewhere that I’ll actually find them. Be it life-long endeavor or morning chore, Unbucket is a way to bond by fostering a more joyful, shared productivity. Unbucket the bucket lists. I love the concept.



First, by creating a list that others will look at, we might feel more motivated to achieve our own life goals. When our intentions are public, we’re more inclined to direct energy into planning and execution. Yes, it also helps having a place to chart progress, or lack of for that matter. (Maybe we’ll even be given reminders to help us stay on our paths?) Unbucket has the potential to be extremely versatile for tracking both those daily tasks we need to accomplish and the more esoteric ambitions each of us probably doesn’t mention often enough.





One of my all-time favorite movie quotes I heard in The Shawshank Redemption: “…it comes down to a simple choice–get busy living or get busy dying.” Unbucket might be the right tool to hold ourselves accountable, to get busy living.


Sharing What Matters Most

As a social platform, sharing the activities that excite us the most, the aspirations we hold most dear, is a way for us to connect more meaningfully with one another. The interactive nature of the lists makes it easier for everyone to help each other realize their dreams. You might not know your aunt Trudy has always wanted to drink a fancy Madiera, but if you know her desire through Unbucket, you might just buy her a bottle or take her out for a glass on her next birthday. Sharing lists allows us users to make more satisfying plans with one another and to have a greater impact in the lives of the people we care about most.


That’s not just coming from me. The founders of Unbucket had connecting with loved ones firmly in mind when building their startup. They wanted technology to bring people together in a more intimate fashion. Elliot Darvick first thought of Unbucket as a Mother’s Day gift–a list of things he could do with his mother. Co-founder Brian Berman is a childhood friend. The two grew up together in Detroit and attended school at Washington University in St. Louis. They’ve designed an built their website together in L.A.




Their collaborative to-do list is currently in beta testing. Users will be able to sign in with a Facebook account. After lists are made, invited people may add bullet points and commentary. Progress will be updated in a real-time stream.


I recently learned that I have two friends who harbor the same burning urge (well, freezing might be more appropriate) to visit Antarctica. It will be a happy day when mark doing so off our Unbucket list. In the unlikely event that this never happens? Well, to borrow Darvick’s words, “…shared intention is just a very beautiful thing.”


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Author : Keith Liles

Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying "yes" to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he's asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.

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