We are all more than the titles on our business cards.
What if your CEO could top a tree? Maybe your colleague a cubicle over also teaches salsa dancing or cans the best beet pickles ever.
The above actually describes the David Suzuki Foundation! Who knew?
Once upon a time, our office kitchen was in need of nontoxic cookware. To raise funds to purchase some, while creatively sourcing goods and services and nurturing our workplace community, I invented the Skill Swap Auction.
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Here's how it works: each staff member donates a skill, sets a minimum bid, and writes it up on a sheet (use our handy template). The diversity of skills is what makes it so fun—bike tune-ups, dog walking, hemming pants, song writing—again, all auction items donated by Foundation staffers!
Post the sheets in a common area, give people two weeks to bid, and announce the winners. It's like a silent auction. How you use the funds collected is up to you (a donation to the David Suzuki Foundation wouldn't hurt).
Great for workplaces, schools—even a birthday party theme!
Will you host a skill swap auction? (I'd also love to hear about your mad skills.)
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Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green