What if you could trade a paperclip I was an MS-13 gang member. Here's 2 months ago   13:22

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Kyle MacDonald details just exactly how he traded up from one red paperclip to a house, in only a year! It's an unlikely and amazing journey with lots of surprises along the way.

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Kyle MacDonald started with a red paperclip and traded it for a pen. Then traded the pen for a doorknob. And so on!

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Vive La Baguette
This guy maxed out his luck stat
Walter Clements
When will ted really talk?
Douglas McLeod
im calling bs on the what, 10 or 15 trades to get to the house . he either has major connections or influence in some way that isn't seen up front .it was entertaining tho
Kkqleb -
The thumbnail tho
secretlyA melon
Yea, this is impressive but once my friend game me a bad Pokémon card and I traded it up for a few bad Pokémon cards
potato queen
my friend and I did this but with an air freshener and so far we have a series of items worth $456 and still going
Ryan Kelly
Oh I've been to yahk
Adam Hasan
Alexander Parra
This is the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals
Tony Falcon
I really learnd a lot in the talk....

don't waste your time. use the paperclip and pick and lock!
Beatriz Juarez
Am I the only one that has that one episode from the office in the back of my mind throughout this video
That's what I exactly thought my entire lifetime
zoë lettuce
make a trade every time he says 'snowmobile'
Vijay Varghese
he traded a year of free rent for a weekend with alice cooper? thats a terrible trade
sou yumo
This idea ia really famouse as a well-known old story in Japan and called "warashibe tyoujya"
Isabella Aguiar l-/
He has two different shoes on
sandra nunez
Once I told someone give me 2 dollars for a paperclip he said no and I said you could pick locks
he wearin 2 different shoes
Ion Alexandru Herban
A paperclip gets a car.
iherb mop737
How much is the house worth? Some houses actually have a negative value.
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I was an MS-13 gang member. Here's What if you could trade a paperclip 2 months ago   16:06

Gerardo Lopez grew up in gang territory in Los Angeles, California and was just 14 years old when he joined MS-13, the notorious Salvadorian gang. Why did he join and why did he leave? In this courageous talk, Gerardo reveals how we can help others get out and stay out of gangs. Gerardo "Clever" Lopez has worked in gang intervention for over two decades. Formerly of the notorious Los Angeles gang MS-13, Gerardo escaped gang life and now ensures that at-risk youth from making the same mistakes. He is Executive Director of the Denver chapter of Homies Unidos, a nonprofit dedicated to ending violence and promoting peace through gang intervention and prevention. Gerardo is an avid baseball fan waiting for the Dodgers to win the World Series, and the subject of the award-winning, short documentary CLEVER. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx