Toan Lam

About Toan Lam

Toan Lam, the creator of is living proof that inspiration and hope trumps the unfortunate situations many of us face today. After nearly 10 years of television industry experience, both in-front and behind-the camera reporting in San Francisco as well as ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates around the country and California Heartland, a statewide, syndicated PBS magazine show, he was laid off from his major market news gig. Toan decided to stop his job search and combine his journalism chops and gift of connecting with people, to help his community. That experience led him to create a website featuring inspirational videos via a YouTube channel. At the end of the videos, there are resource links where viewers can go to help the featured people. His goal: To help everyone discover their power and inspire them to use their power (their resources and talents) to help others. When Toan is not on TV, he is blogging about his website content for the Huffington Post's Living and Impact Sections. Additionally, he is sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience as an adjunct professor, teaching on-camera talent and production classes at the University of San Francisco (his alma mater) and the Academy of Art. Toan is also a member of the Asian American Journalists' Association.
Author Archive | Toan Lam

Arizona Teen Believes Positive Peer Pressure Could End Bullying

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 O.N.E. Project Who: Matthew Kaplan, 16-years-old What: Peer-to-Peer Anti-Bullying Program Targeting Middle Schools Where: […]

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Go Inspire Go Wants to Hook Up YOUR Thanksgiving Hero

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 be a TV reporter in a […]

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Girls Inc.: Changing the World Through Girl Power!

Go Inspire Go is proud to present this month’s Social Good Spotlight to raise awareness of organizations doing good in their communities in order to inspire others to take action and ultimately make real social change. For more information and to read past Social Good Spotlights, click here. Compiled by Toan Lam and Koshi Sandrasagra […]

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Better Breathing for a Better Life (VIDEO)

When you find yourself in a situation where you get stressed, frightened or caught off guard, what’s the best thing to do? Scream? Sometimes. : ) But seriously, what did mom or grandma or your loved one tell you to do? Breathe. Yes, it’s as simple as that. But time and time again, while walking […]

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The Spiritual Journey of Crowd-funding

Everyday I wake up and count my blessings. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and most importantly, I am breathing. This month there was additional energy swirling around me and Go Inspire Go (GIG). As many of you know, Go Inspire Go embarked on our 50/50 crowd funding […]

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Go Inspire Go: Why YOUth Matter

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. Before I was invited to develop […]

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Pilot Inspires Compton Kids to Dream Big (VIDEO)

What’s the first word that comes to mind when I say the words, “Compton, Calif.?” 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 16 miles south of Los […]

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Why It’s Important to Enjoy the Art Around Us

If I were to ask you, “What subject matter in school is deemed most important?” What would your answer be? Math, science or art? Sunny Blossom (Toan Lam) Art? Doing this for a living was never even an option in my household — it was a taboo subject. “Be a doctor, lawyer or engineer,” my […]

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One Thing That Changed EVERY DAY of My Life in 2012

I’ve never really made New Year’s resolutions. But last year, I resolved to do one thing that changed me (from the inside out) every day of 2012.

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12 Inspiring Stories of 2012 and Beyond (VIDEOS)

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 year. We wouldn’t have been […]

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