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Toan Lam is the CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of WWW.GOINSPIREGO.COM,
(GIG) a nonprofit video-based website that uses social networking to inspire social change and encourages viewers to “Discover and Use Your Power to Help Others.” We create inspirational videos featuring regular people who use their talents and resources to better their community. We distribute our stories using social media to encourage sharing and inspire people to become civically engaged. At the end of every GIG video, there’s a call to action with information on how you can make a difference.

A former, broadcast reporter, Toan has nearly 10 years of TV industry experience, both-in-front of, and behind-the-camera.

Toan is also a member of the Asian American Journalists' Association.

Watch. Be Inspired. Act.
What Can YOU do?

Entries by Toan Lam

12-Year-Old Teaches Lobbying for Animal Rights Activist

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Did you make any resolutions? If so, how is it going meeting those goals?



I choose not to make resolutions -- instead, I make aspirations. Resolutions make me feel that I have not met expectations and that's a very uninspiring way to start the year.

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L.A. Man Loans Homeless Family House for a Year

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 8:02 PM

In 2013, my Go Inspire Go team and I had a crazy idea that has manifested ten-fold. Our goal of spotlighting 50 heroes in 50 states has resulted in numerous blessings, miracles and new friendships. We're so excited to unveil our second hero to you.

Man Loans Homeless...

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How Positive Peer Pressure Could End Bullying in Your School: The Be O.N.E. Project

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 1:29 PM

Drum roll please... What started out as a crazy idea has manifested. Our goal of spotlighting 50 heroes in 50 states has resulted in numerous blessings, miracles and new friendships. We're so excited to unveil our first hero to you!

The Be...

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Calling All Thanksgiving Heroes!

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Bravery and courage come from not dwelling on what there is to fear.

Had I known what I know today or had a glimpse into how my life has unfolded, I would have been scared of change -- afraid to step up to my calling.

My dream was to...

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

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Ellen Degeneres makes me laugh out loud every time I watch her and I love that she oozes authenticity. No matter whom she's interacting with, whether it's a push-up challenge with First Lady Michelle Obama or interviewing a regular Joe or Jane she's plucked from YouTube, Ellen seems...

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Why YOUth Matter

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 12:06 PM

If I could choose one quote that defines the ethos of our youth today, it would be, "When you learn, teach. When you get, give." Simple but sweet words carefully crafted by my favorite
poet, Dr. Maya Angelou.

This is a bold statement, I know, but hear me out.

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Pilot Inspires Compton Kids to Dream Big (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 4:06 PM

What's the first word that comes to mind when I say the words, "Compton, California?"

A hood that's up to no good? Ok, not fair, that's more than one word. It's also not a 100 percent fair representation of Compton. I recently met an aeronautical angel in this city, about...

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GIG Spark: Why It's Important to Enjoy the Art Around Us

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 1:33 PM

If I were to ask you, "What subject matter in school is deemed most important?" What would your answer be? Math, science or art?

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No New Year's Resolution, Instead One Thing That Changed Every Day of My Life in 2012

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Photo: Toan Lam, Journal by: Caroline Harper
I've never really made New Year's resolutions. But last year, I...
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Go Inspire Go's 12 Days of Inspiration: Day 2 (VIDEOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:04 AM

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. 2012 has been an eventful year for GIG as we continue to grow, creating three times the amount of original content as last...

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12 Days of Inspiration in YOUR Community (VIDEOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 12:40 PM

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. 2012 has been an eventful year for GIG as we continue to grow, creating three times the amount of original content as last...

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GIG Spark: Giving the Gift of Hygiene to Those in Need

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Do you ever wonder what happens to your partially used soap bars after leaving your hotel?

I've always thought it was such a waste that I only use half the bar or mini-bottle of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I take them home, then they sit in a zip-loc bag...

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Rethink Yoga: The Power to Create a New You

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 4:48 PM

Kim Shand, a nationally-renowned yoga expert, knows that life is not always fair. Born with severe scoliosis and vertebrae not fully formed, her prognosis was bleak. Doctors thought she would be paralyzed. She was expected to have stunted growth and a long list of...

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 9:57 AM

When you hear about Nico Castro, a courageous six-year-old boy from Northern California, who despite his battle with brain cancer, brought Halloween to his friends in the hospital, you can't help but want to use your power to help this real-life super hero.

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Sparking Compassion and Inspiring Service in Our Youth

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:10 AM

It's a special effervescent experience being around kids. You know that warm feeling that makes you smile wider and feel more carefree.


Imagine that multiplied 500 times -- that's what I'm feeling now. I was recently invited to present Go Inspire Go's

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

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:47 PM

Nico Shopping for Sick Friends. Photos: Marlene Castro
Six-year-old Nico Castro from...
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GIG Spark: Get Out and Enjoy Nature

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:02 PM

There is no better way to relax, recharge and reconnect to your spirit than unplugging your gadgets and getting some R&R in nature. From Tweeting to Instagramming, there are so many cool things that are keeping us from connecting the old school way -- especially amongst...

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How to Be Happy Like a Child

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 12:48 PM

I admit it...

I'm a self-proclaimed A.D.D., multi-task-master with looong to-do lists.

At any given moment, I have 20+ windows open on my desktop, and often forget what I'm searching for while opening up another browser to find an email in another account. I check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other...

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GIG Spark: Use Your Voice to Uplift Others, Guaranteed Smile

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 6:06 PM

Warning: This will make you smile! Thank you to 14-year-old Mini Rasekhy from Singapore for sending us this GIG Spark when she was in San Francisco this summer.

Sometimes it's the simplest things in life that bring you joy. Mini wanted to use her voice to make others feel better...

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Eight-Year-Old Starts Lemonade Stand for Freedom; Raises $50K in Two Months

(17) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 4:28 PM

There's a sweet twist to this lemonade stand story that will quench your thirst to take a stand to help elevate your community and humanity. Take a sip and read on...

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