What if you could trade a paperclip for a house?


Here we are, our first portrait – let’s start with Kyle Mac Donald, who surely was one of the funniest talks this day. His story was only known to me because I read the information about his talk in advance. I kinda missed that story when it happened.

So, Kyle entered the stage and started at the very beginning of his story, while sitting at his desk. Sitting there and thinking about life and what he could make of it. He stumbles upon the Bigger Better Trading Game and asks himself what could be unique enough to trade. Lying on his desk there is a paperclip, a red one and he thinks that’s it and puts it online. From that on he trades one thing after the other and in the end gets a house. Yes, he traded a house for a paperclip and became famous for that.

During the talk he tells the audience step by step what happened in this time and by telling this story quite often on stage he visibly became a master storyteller by leading us through the story and placing small moments of suspense wherever he needs it.

This red paperclip is currently sitting on my desk next to my computer. I want to trade this paperclip with you for something bigger or better, maybe a pen, a spoon, or perhaps a boot.
If you promise to make the trade I will come and visit you, wherever you are, to trade.
Hope to trade with you soon!
– from Kyle’s Blog

While listening to his story I thought that the world can be so easily managed when you think outside the box, not only by trading things or goods but also when you offer service, help or support to the people. Especially the moment with Alice Cooper on the stage, holding a massive Red Paperclip over their heads surely help to give him more publicity on the way.

After all, so many things can become big and where very small in the beginning – think about it – we are talking about a paperclip. A tool that is used in thousands of offices only for one reason only, to clip paperwork together. By thinking outside the box anything an happen – a beautiful story, a wonderful example that wonder can be found in the smallest things, any of them quite close.

The Paperclip Story on Wikipedia

One Red Paperclip Blog

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