Innovation for Iraq: Making Poetry Reality


I am becoming more inclined to share more of myself on this blog. Especially with all the great support and words of encouragement from many of you. I will no longer hide behind my poetry or mask the messages so that I can satisfy the hubris of being shared.

Today I’d like to share a video of a team that works in the World Bank and that’s trying to start a website like Kickstarter in Iraq. The project will allow young students and NGO members to get funding for any crazy project they may have. People that have dreams can actually make them come true.

There is no mobile internet in Iraq. There is no online banking. By using simple text messages, this project solves that issue. People with ideas post projects on a website. In return people that want to donate text a special code on their mobile phones and a small amount of money is taken out of their phone credit and transferred to that project’s fund.

Just by sharing the video and showing your support, this team could get $68,000 from the World Bank to fund the project.  A simple idea that could possibly really make a difference.

A poem is a state of mind that manifests itself through words. But what is poetry if we lack the boldness to make those words manifest through our everyday actions.

Love you all,


13 thoughts on “Innovation for Iraq: Making Poetry Reality

      1. oh, and if you like, and you do not know how, you can use the embed code, that is found under the share button, rather than the shorter link, to allow the video to be viewed within your blog. this will keep people from floating away from the post and will allow them to remember ‘you’ and to comment or to suggest.

  1. This is very interesting that you have brought up and shared this about Iraq wanting their own Internet System….I read that Iran and North Korea are looking into doing the same. Of course I think it’s so they can monitor and have even MORE control over their people. So sad. We should be blessed for the Freedoms we enjoy in our country, instead of thinking there just a “Given”. I really enjoy visiting your blog. :-)
    Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon :-)

  2. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see
    if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so
    she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views.
    I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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