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Adios Akoha! The End of an Era of Kindness and Sharing

Akoha.com…the kindest, friendliest Montreal Start Up that could…until it couldn’t any more.

Akoha.com was founded by Austin Hill & Alex Eberts. They and other Akoha staff members, Mark MacLeod (VP Finance), Juan Pablo Di Lelle (Director of Engineering) and Alain Wong (Community Manager), practiced what they preached about Akoha, and could be found playing fun & friendly Missions on the site with other Akohans from around the world.

On Tues. Aug. 2, Akoha.com announced to its Community Users that after 3 years of operation Akoha.com would close its doors on August 15, 2011. Which is today. And I am sad. This is the end of an era of kindness….and sharing.

There are so many ways to describe Akoha.

In Akoha’s own words:
“Akoha is…a community of people who do fun things that make a positive difference. Engage in Akoha missions, give praise to others and earn rewards.”
– from Akoha.com

My journey with Akoha began in a funny way. I first heard about Akoha.com through a job posting I had come across and applied for. I was too late to apply for the job – the position was already filled. But I joined this site out of curiosity and soon became hooked!

Akoha went through different iterations through-out its 3 years. When I joined the site was still in its Beta stage and not yet open to the general public.

Akoha first began with playing Missions that were on a physical deck of cards. You could only join the site if you bought a deck – or if someone gave you a card. You had to enter the confirmation number from a card to enter & sign up to the site.

So the playing of Akoha was definitely based in real-time. The idea was to do an act of kindness (an Akoha Mission) and then Paying It Forward, by passing the card & Mission to someone else you hoped would keep playing.

Akoha went through many changes and versions until the cards were gone and the Missions were more universally played on a virtual or real-time level. At the time, I remember wondering where the revenue would come from, since Akoha no longer benefited from the playing card revenue. That’s where the money from Angel investors came in. But one day, that revenue just wasn’t enough and Akoha decided to call it a day.

While it lasted, Akoha was a very happy place to hang out with fellow Akohans. You could invite your real-time friends to join or share kind words with Akohans around the world.

The last iteration of Akoha.com was very Social Media savvy, with ties to Twitter, the blogosphere, and Facebook. The last look of Akoha was very Facebook-like, with status updates, the ability to send messages, and the ability to either tweet or share on Facebook Akoha Missions or Akoha status updates.

But foremost Akoha was about its Akohan Community. All the people who used the site.

We shared tasty dishes we had tried locally, shot photos of our world and planet, talked about great movies we had seen, spoke about special causes…and even shared a kind word when we knew one of our regular Akohan players, Bena, was sick.

And here are some of my fellow Akohan friends:

nish  CaroladieHausfrau Holia Ajanta mgkhanduja teddybelle ForwardMotion gaiachi emilee Humanitas Xooberon ankmom Alex_Ionescu Bena Mystical_Traveler jasonbackus littlecatalyst AshleyNewton91 Gyrxiur  yourstruly kikarose SFvroom jessa mikarlo rottifan4 trinie ButterflyGram EmKaBe  JanMichael 718Digital meredith TheJem JoMontreal kevpdx rwarren OneHundredJobs claudiap adamhirsch adelemcalear sharonmcrae JeromeParadis  cmazur EvelyneB Releanna ABartelby kereena Drakurius Artcore1 forcione KimVallee  101ofawolf brentfbarrett LiseArsenault mannaz  newton64 Angelight Aboheler 86400 acriley jia zinou  georgefavvas simon girltm jdilelle cnemri alex austinhill alainwong  erikwright  nish  debo harshad672 kitao teddybelle gaiachi emilee Xooberon

My apologies if I’ve left anyone out.

A special mention to:
jdilelle
– also known as Juan Pablo Di Lelle (Director of Engineering) for Akoha.com
– also known as the Ninja Hamster
– the friendliest Akohan player in all of akoha.com
– always ready to share a Mission with any Akohan around the world!

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My final Akoha stats:

profile:
I love to read, write, do a little photography and I’m fascinated by synchronicity. One thing I like to do for fun is organize monthly events in my community. It’s an awesome feeling to bring new people together. I like to see where the universe takes me on my travels. 🙂 “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ~ Aristotle “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” ~ Rumi Looking for someone to play an Akoha Mission with? Feel free to play with me. 😀

Member since Oct. 8, 2009

Player Level: Fanatic
106 Missions, 11 Awards, 114 Gifts, 51 Tokens

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Here are the Categories for Akoha Missions:

  • Silly Fun!
  • Travel & Discovery
  • Fun with Friends
  • Culture Vulture
  • Social Causes
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Family Time!
  • Inspiration
  • Green Living

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Akoha inspired me to write 2 Akoha-related blogs:

Akoha.com’s Official blog:
http://blog.akoha.com/

Akoha.com’s closure was all over the news and Twitter.

Brian Jackson, Associate Editor at ITBusiness.ca, wrote two articles about the shut-down of Akoha, which he tweeted:

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My most favorite Akoha Mission that I played & created:
100th Akoha Mission:

My most favorite Akoha Mission that I played & created:
100th Akoha Mission

Category:  Inspiration
Difficulty:  Medium
Requires:  A story and one or more photos

Created by: AuroraD

 Do something special for your 1ooth akoha mission!
To complete this mission:

Do something special to commerate your 1ooth Akoha Mission & be sure to use/create/shoot/videotape something with the Number 100 in it!

~ Bake a cake with 100 on it in icing or candles
~ Write a list of 100 things about you & blog it
~ Videotape yourself talking about how it feels to accomplish your 100th Mission…
and lots, lots more!

Be sure to take a photo or screenshot of your Mission.
Use your imagination. 🙂

And here is my Mission play for it:

100th Akoha Mission

Played by AuroraD with AuroraD, akoha and jdilelle April 24, 2011

Well, recently I hit a landmark of having completed “100 Akoha Missions”. And I had created a special Mission on Akoha called “100 Akoha Missions” , where Akohans do something special to commemorate hitting this special achievement.

What would be better to celebrate my 100th Akohan Mission than a blog about 100 blessings? Akoha is all about appreciating the small moments in life…and so here are my 100 blessings, that I am grateful for.

https://animablueoasis.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/100-blessings/ 

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And some special Akohan Missions at the end of the day:

Save Akoha Mission:

Category:  Social Causes
Difficulty:  Easy
Requires:  A story

Created by: Humanitas

Create ideas to save akoha

To complete this mission:

Okay, so I was cleaning the bathroom today and I realized that there are many ways to say Akoha who is struggling to stay online.

Your mission is to come up with creative ways to get the expenses paid. With all of our brain power, I’m sure we can come up with a way. So post away and let Akoha hear your voice!

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Keep In Touch Akohans:

Category:  Fun with Friends
Difficulty:  Easy
Requires:  A story

Created by: Humanitas

Leave ways on how to keep in touch

To complete this mission:

Okay, I saw the email…major bummer!

Yet we can still be friends, right?

So if you still want to be friends, leave your contact info on this mission. If you feel uncomfortable, leave an inbox message to those you want to keep in contact with.

Don’t break this chain!

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Shutdown Sadness:

Category:  Inspiration
Difficulty:  Easy
Requires:  A story

Created by: art2010
What you love to share with akohans!

To complete this mission:

Akoha shutdown 0n 15th August 2011. How shocking?
How You enjoyed being here.
Sad?

And the Shutdown Sadness Mission shall be my last Akoha Mission, featuring this very blog:
http://akoha.com/missions/mission/629/.

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Akohans, showing true Akoha spirit, have started special Akohan projects, where people can continue to play & interact in Akohan ways:

Bena’s Akohan Yahoo Group:
http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/akohacommunity/

Nish’s Akohans Wall site:
http://akohans.wall.fm/

Adios Akoha! Vaya con dios, amigos & amigas!
See you on the other side of the Akohan wall.

Anima Blue 😀

100 Blessings

I often like to think about my blessings. Recently, I was inspired to write about my blessings due to a little game called “Akoha” that I like to play. You can read about a fun Akoha mission I blogged about here: Acts of Kindness, The Akoha “Read A Blogger, Feed a Blogger” Mission and CheapEthnicEatz.com

What is Akoha? Well, it comes from a little Montreal start-up website called akoha.com. It’s evolved into different stages. It began as an idea of doing random acts of kindness called “Missions”, and playing it forward to other people, who continued to do good in the world. Today, Akoha describes itself this way: “Akoha offers real-world activities for you to discover life’s special moments, capture them, and share them with friends.”

Well, recently I hit a landmark of having completed “100 Akoha Missions”. And I had created a special Mission on Akoha called “100 Akoha Missions” , where Akohans do something special to commemorate hitting this special achievement.

Which is what inspired this blog.

What would be better to celebrate my 100th Akohan Mission than a blog about 100 blessings? 🙂 Akoha is all about appreciating the small moments in life…and so here are my 100 blessings, that I am grateful for.

100 Blessings

1. my spirituality, my belief in the meaning of life, the universe, a Higher Being, God.
2. my life, every day that I live it.
3. my 5 senses, that take in information and process it every day.
4. the food and drink I have to nourish myself every day
5. the shelter I have in my home
6. my body, that functions and carries me through-out each day
7. my sense of humour, that reminds me not to “sweat the small stuff” and fills my life with laughter and fun
8. my sense of adventure and open spirit, that makes me so curious to learn about different lands and people and cultures and belief systems
9. my joie de vivre, which literally gives me joy out of my life
10. my dreams and hopes, that lead me to imagine great things
11. my optimism, which makes me see the positive in everything
12. my compassion and empathy, which leads me to understand and help people in suffering and living difficult situations
13.  my ever-evolving wisdom and knowledge, that brings me the gifts of lessons learned and further understanding about the world we live in and the people around us
14. my loved ones, the friends and family and lovers I have known, who have blessed my life with their presence in so many ways
15. the loved ones who have passed away, who blessed my life while they walked the earth and who still live in my heart every day of my life
16. the people who have crossed my path, the ones who shared something with me, the ones who made me think, the ones who brought a message I needed to learn
17. the difficult life lessons and moments in my life, that made me grow as a person and made me stronger
18. the earth that I walk on every day
19. the blue sky’s air that I breathe every day
20. nature, with its breath-taking, inspiring and calming beauty that awes me
21. the whispering trees that remind me to breathe in the moment
22. the animals of the earth, dogs and cats and all, who remind me of the beautiful simplicity of life
23. babies and kids, who make me look at the world with eyes filled with questions and make me smile and laugh
24. the citylife and its exciting adrenalin rush
25. the sun’s rays and sunshine that warms my skin and makes me want to stretch and walk
26. the soft rain that falls down to clean everything away, the cool freshness of raindrops falling on me
27. the mysterious moon with it’s moonlight filled with shadows that make me dream
28. the millions of stars that make me wish
29. my childhood, with its carefree ways and innocent adventures
30. my teenage years that taught me to make my own decisions and stick by them
31. my heart, so filled with love for so many people
32. the mysterious coincidences of life, the synchronicities, that bring wonderful connections onto my path
33. every crossroad that I’ve crossed, that reminded me that I have the power to change the direction of my life
34. my education, that allowed me to explore my curiosity and learn so many things
35. books, that make a thousand worlds and more, come alive in my brain
36. music, that inspires me in so many ways and takes me away to new landscapes and inspires me to write
37. my writing, the blogs, the stories, the poems and the books, that I’ve written and started to write that let my spirit soar through my playful use of words, and let me express a world of emotions and thoughts
38. all the people, the teachers and readers, who encouraged me to write and who saw that I had something valuable to share through my writing
39. all the teachers and mentors who showed me the way
40. all the funny stories that made me laugh
41. everything that made me cry, from happiness or sadness, for the cleansing feeling that tears bring
42. the pain I’ve felt, for learning how to live with pain and transcend it’s limitations
43. all the different jobs and careers I’ve had, and the richness of each experience
44. all the places I traveled to, that inspired and shaped my thoughts
45. all the restaurants of the world and their culinary treasures
46. all the art of the world, for breathing so much beauty in my life
47. all the mysteries and enigmas that I’ve discovered, unraveled and have been fascinated by
48. all the people who have helped me when I needed the help
49. all the people I’ve helped, for the gift of being able to help a fellow human being
50. for the money I make which allows me to buy the necessities in life and a few extras
51. for all the fun times I have shared with friends and other loved ones
52. all the spiritual people and leaders who have shared their varied and different beliefs with me, whether in their writings or in person (or both)
53. the acceptance I’ve felt from people I’ve met
54. the stories of life journeys that people have shared with me
55. meditation, whether in groups or on my own, the gift of peace and realization it has brought to me
56. silence, for the peace it brings my soul
57. the different seasons, for the changes and excitement it brings into my life
58. the clothes and shoes I wear, for keeping me warm and making me feel beautiful
59. all the people I’ve fallen in love with, who loved me, and the blessing of those relationships and sharing
60. silly things like the Cookie Monster (‘cause he’s funny, he’s a foodie, and he’s BLUE! )
61. all things blue! 🙂
62. all the poetry that has moved my heart and soul
63. all the dreamers of the world who dare to dream of a better place and a better way to be
64. the process of personal evolution, for all the “me”s I’ve become and will be
65. this moment, the utter perfection and ordinariness of it
66. all the transportation devices that bring me to exciting places
67. the physical exercise that makes me feel good and become healthier
68. the best and closest friends of my life, for being there, for sharing, for being who they are and accepting me for who I am
69. for all the people who have ever said a blessing over me
70. for all the people I’ve silently blessed
71. for the passing strangers who have made me smile
72. for all the people who’ve held a door open for me
73. for all the doors to opportunities that have shown up in my life
74. for the people who encouraged me when I was down
75. for the people who shared my joy when I felt bliss
76. for all the sacred spaces I have found and shared and the manna they have given my soul
77. for all the people I have mentored, coached, trained or taught something, for my being able to pass on my knowledge and wisdom
78. for all the realities beyond, the paranormal and supernatural, that fascinate me
79. for the feeling of groundedness, that firmly keeps me on my chosen path
80. for the random kindness of strangers
81. for all the bus drivers and merchants who greet me, smile and say hello
82. for the feeling of being pampered when I need it the most and need to recharge
83. for all the gatherings of people and events that I’ve hosted, that gave me such a thrill to bring fun and happiness to groups of people
84. for every single friend I have made in my life
85. for my parents who gave me the gift of life and so many blessings as parents
86. for my sister who has always been a hero for me, with all her incredible courage and strength
87. for my brother who tried to do the best he could
88. for my beautiful nieces and nephew for simply being
89. for all the surrogate mothers who gave freely of their love when I needed it the most
90. for the power of blogging, which give me this rich soapbox to stand on and share
91. for the incredible complexity and exciting possibilities of the internet, which all it’s knowledge and resources
92. for all the forums where I’ve posted and discussed so many things with so many wonderful strangers
93. for my websites, for the fun of designing and writing them
94. for meetup.com, which brings people together on so many macro and micro levels, in real-time gatherings and virtual networking
95. for my independence, which makes me so happy to stand on my own two feet
96. for the languages I speak and my ability to communicate in them
97. for the invisible sun, that gives us hope when the day is done, as The Police sang
98. for the love of opera that my father gave me that enriches my life
99. for the love of people and meeting people that my mother passed onto me
100. for akoha.com! 🙂

Hope you count your blessings today, too!

Anima Blue 🙂


Video Montage: The Flow
Following the flow of the universe, with a photo montage I created. The song is "Twisted Hair" by Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble, featuring the sublime operatic voice of Sioux singer Bonnie Jo Hunt, who sings over the sound of crickets.
Also posted on youtube:

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