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Shedding My 'Ugly' Truth Through CrossFit

Toan Lam | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Toan Lam

I can go on forever about how exercise has physically challenged and changed me. But above all, spiritually, this has been a lesson of evolving, facing my fears and feeling deserving to (as my sister says) be proud of and own the body that houses my soul, that takes you to the next day, the next dimension.

Calling All Thanksgiving Heroes!

Toan Lam | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Toan Lam

Bravery and courage come from not dwelling on what there is to fear. We are looking for an everyday hero whose social change work is rooted in gratitude, generosity and love.

GIG SPARK: Ellen DeGeneres's Mom Betty Inspires Unconditional LOVE

Toan Lam | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

When Ellen publicly came out, her mom quickly became a visible ally to the LGBT community. Betty has continued to be a strong PFLAG mom for more than 15 years and is the spokeswoman for Care with Pride campaign, an initiative to educate and raise visibility on issues related to bullying.

Why YOUth Matter

Toan Lam | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

Before I was invited to develop curriculum at the Academy of Art's (AAU) Multimedia Department and the University of San Francisco, I too believed that many young folks were apathetic, entitled and not in touch with reality. Boy, was I wrong.

Go Inspire Go's 12 Days of Inspiration: Day 2 (VIDEOS)

Toan Lam | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

Happy Holidays from Go Inspire Go! 'Tis the season to celebrate, give and inspire those around you as we come to an end of another great year.

12 Days of Inspiration in YOUR Community (VIDEOS)

Toan Lam | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

Happy Holidays from Go Inspire Go! 'Tis the season to celebrate, give and inspire those around you as we come to an end of another great year.

Six-Year-Old Halloween Hero Quadruples Goal, Brings Holiday Spirit to Sick Kids Pt. 2

Toan Lam | Posted 01.20.2013 | Good News
Toan Lam

After Nico was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall, he was worried that he wouldn't be able to celebrate Halloween, his favorite holiday. Thanks to a break in treatment, this caped crusader was given the all clear.

Boy With Brain Cancer Brings Halloween to Sick Kids (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 12.25.2012 | Good News
Toan Lam

Six-year-old Nico Castro from San Bruno, Calif., isn't letting his battle with brain cancer affect his spirit of giving this Halloween.

The BEST Way to Show Gratitude (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Toan Lam

Nothing says "thank you" better than a kind gesture from the heart. It also doesn't have to be fancy, expensive or time intensive. My favorite thing t...

A Lesson On Compassion Every Young Person Should Experience: Small Acts, BIG Impact (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Toan Lam

When was the last time someone did something nice for you? Did you receive a hand written  letter/postcard in the mail? Did they open the door for you? Was it a smile?

The True Meaning of Life: In One Word

Toan Lam | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Toan Lam

No matter what job title you hold, how many zeroes you have in your paycheck or where you came from, I know the true meaning of life can be summed up in one word: service.

Photo Heart Connection: Balancing a Paying Job With Your Passion Project (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 07.07.2012 | Impact
Toan Lam

When I had an idea to quit my job to use mytalents to produce stories about civic engagement, people asked, "What's your return on investment?" and, "How are you going to support yourself?" All relevant, but not the right questions at that time.

GIG Spark: Spreading Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Toan Lam | Posted 06.16.2012 | Impact
Toan Lam

We know that people (especially youth) care and want to do something good for others, but just don't know how. So why not teach compassion to kids and adults in your life?

Photo (Flash Mob) Walk Inspires Connection Online and Offline

Toan Lam | Posted 05.28.2012 | Good News
Toan Lam

What do you get when you gather social do-gooders, add creativity + community + conversation with a splash of social media? A Go Inspire Go (GIG) Phot...

Join The Secret Santa Movement

Toan Lam | Posted 02.25.2012 | Impact
Toan Lam

If you're feeling down this holiday season, here's a surefire pick-me-up to lift your spirits. Just Google "Secret Santa Kmart" and see the brimming n...

Steve Jobs Inspired More Than Technology

Toan Lam | Posted 12.07.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Jobs fervently said, "You must do what you love" and "trust." Trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be now -- and that it will lead you to where you're supposed to be.

Happy Social Good Day (and Week)! How You Can Take Action

Toan Lam | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Here's how you can use social media to make difference NOW.

London Riots Won Over by a Nation of Tea Lovers

Toan Lam | Posted 10.31.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

What happens after your life has been threatened and in danger and you've successfully run to safety? According to Jonathan Walker and his wife, Philippa Morgan Walker, "Put the kettle on!"

Millions of Youth Unite in Global Weekend of Service

Toan Lam | Posted 06.15.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

This weekend, from April 15 - 17, millions of youth around the world, spanning 100 countries and six continents, will join Youth Service of America to celebrate Global Youth Service Day.

Why One Man Is Walking From Canada To Mexico

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Jordan is a business graduate-turned-vagabond who hopes his wanderlust inspires you to change by putting down your gizmos, gear and gadgets to engage with one another.

Karma Kitchen Serves up Generosity (VIDEO)

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Karma Kitchen is cooking up kindness and generosity across the San Francisco Bay Area. It's a volunteer-run experiment in generosity that is growing.

Bullied to death -- and How the Power of Pink (and YOU) Could Thwart Suicide

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Think about what you, your friends and -- your children could do to help save someone's dignity -- to save someone's life.

Sunflower Power -- How One Cancer Survivor's Garden Inspires Community of Hope

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Nancy Siegler started planting sunflowers last year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She believes it helped her get through some very scary times.

Doctor Gives "Gift" (Free) Health Care

Toan Lam | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Toan Lam

Amidst the ongoing health care debate in America, one doctor, out of Oakland, Calif. has a simple solution: just give it away. She decided to volunteer her services full-time, so patients don't have to pay for her services.

How a Lovely Lady with a Yellow Umbrella Will Make You Smile

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Amy Rosenthal's "17 Things I Made" video is so simple, so eloquent, that it has the undeniable power to inspire. She created a movement that brought folks together through her creativity and made me smile.