Tuesday, August 19, 2008

One Red Paperclip by Kyle MacDonald

Kyle MacDonald wanted his own house. The problem was he didn't have a job and he didn't have any money. Thinking back to his childhood he remembered the game he loved to play - Bigger and Better. It was a way of trading your old stuff to get bigger and better new stuff. Legend had it, some people managed to trade an old biro for a brand new car! This got Kyle thinking. If that kind of entrepreneurial spirit could turn tiny objects into big ones, then why not try trading up to a house? And then he saw it.One red paperclip, sitting on his desk, holding the pages of his CV together, ready to go out into the world and help him find the job that would eventually get him a house. But that didn't sound nearly as much fun as trading. So he wrote an internet advert hoping to trade one red paperclip and suddenly his inbox filled with responses: the trading had begun. Did he get the house? Well, you're about to find out! One thing's for sure, he did a lot of trades and met a lot of very interesting people. One small paperclip was the beginning of a great big adventure.

This book was fabulous ... even if you pretty much know the outcome before you start, it's all abotu the journey! It's a fantastic idea, although I'm no where near positive enough to try it for myself (or to think it might work here in South Africa ... or to actually work a 2nd time around!) Check out the One Red Paperclip blog (mentioned regularly in the book) and read up for yourself if you're not gonna get the book. I think it's a fantastic uplifting story based in the here and now of the internet age.

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5 comments:

goooooood girl said...

So good......

Tamara said...

They're trading again?! I guess he's not ready to give up on the publicity yet ;-)

phillygirl said...

@tamara - yep, I saw that ... although I dunno if it's for publicity or just to keep the ball rolling :) Got something you'd swap?

The Jackson Files said...

Now I want to read this book AND the religion book. Trouble is, I have like three minutes to read at night before I am totally comatosed.

phillygirl said...

@tjf - I'd recommend audio books then for while you're in the car maybe ... ? but then again I'm not sure if either of these are available. Me, I like to get my reading done in a relaxing bath :)

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