Kyle MacDonald bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year. Running with the idea of taking one small item and attempting to trade it for something bigger and more substantial, MacDonald has become renowned for his off-beat and inspirational ideas and goals.

On July 12, 2005, Kyle posted a picture of a red paperclip on his blog and in the barter section of Craigslist, and asked if anyone wanted to make a trade for something bigger or better. A few days later, he traded the paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish. He then traded the pen for a doorknob.

His yearlong adventure in bartering includes trading for a Coleman stove, a ski-doo, a moving van, a music recording contract, an afternoon spent hanging out with Alice Cooper, a movie role, and finally, a house.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Kyle MacDonald has spoken to thousands all over the world about the lessons that he learned from trading a red paperclip to a house. He has been interviewed by 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, CNN, City TV, Global, USA Today, Maclean’s, The New York Times, New York Post, InTouch Weekly, VH1, MTV, National Examiner, Reader’s Digest, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Toronto Star.  He’s been on Japanese television (multiple times), on stage with Alice Cooper at a concert in Fargo, and gained considerable media attention on television and radio around the world. In addition, Volkswagen Spain and Grolsch Beer made TV commercials based on the story, and Kyle starred in a MasterCard commercial that played off of the Red Paperclip story.

He has now set two Guinness World Records: one for Most Successful Internet Trade, the other for erecting the World’s Largest Red Paperclip.

 

 

 

ONE RED PAPERCLIP: OR HOW AN ORDINARY MAN ACHIEVED HIS DREAMS

Based on Kyle's book, he takes you on a journey around the globe as he moves from paperclip holder to homeowner in just fourteen trades. With plenty of irreverent and insightful anecdotes and practical tips on how you can find your own paperclip and realize your dreams, he proves it's possible to succeed in life and achieve your dreams on your own terms. Quirky and inspirational, this story of a regular guy and a small, red, now-legendary paperclip will have you looking at your office supplies—and your life—in a whole new way.

 

It is with enthusiasm that I recommend Kyle MacDonald to anyone looking for a very unique, entertaining, and inspirational speaker. Here’s a sample of some of the feedback we received: “Kyle’s presentation was the perfect ending to the conference,” “Kyle’s story was amazing - he’s also a really funny guy!” and “I was impressed with his story-telling ability.” Overall, Kyle’s amazing story helped make our annual conference one of our most successful events so far.
— CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK