Have heard the story of the man who traded a red paperclip for a house? He didn’t do it in one trade, but through a series of trades. Through persistence, negotiation, and ingenuity he took a red paperclip and had a house. You can read the whole story here.
My friend, Maria Bailey, had a similar challenge for a class. She is back in school pursuing her MBA. Her professor presented her with chopsticks from China. She has to trade them (a maximum of 5 trades) to improve her negotiating skills. Maria took the trading one step further. She is trading her chopsticks for ambulances for pregnant woman in Uganda. Each day 800 women die because of complications from childbirth. The women in villages in Uganda need a way to access healthcare at nearby clinics. Maria has decided that her fifth trade will be auctioned and the money will help to provide ambulances for Uganda. You can read more about Maria’s story at 5 Trades Away.
Maria then took her challenge to the next level. She invited her friends to participate. I had chopsticks to trade. I traded them for a Lenox Vase! This vase measures 11″ tall and 7″ in diameter at the top. The top edge is trimmed in This was never used, but was displayed. It is a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day.
I will keep you posted as to the status of the 5 Trades! Make sure you look join the Facebook Group 5 Trades Away. Our fifth trades will be auctioned and the money used for the ambulances.
If you are interested in trading for this vase, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my Facebook page.