Compassion for the People: Intent Voices Interview with Toan Lam

The next interview in our Intent Voices series is with Toan Lam, founder of Go Inspire Go.

What is your intent as a blogger on Intentblog?

To inspire people to “Use their power to help others.” I believe everyone, no matter who we are have the power (talents, network, resources) ability to give what you can.

One of my first videos about the “Tent City People” in Sacramento epitomizes this. I spent the day with a few homeless families who pitched tents along the American River in Sacramento, my hometown. I was moved by the fact that eventhough they didn’t have homes and barely any food, they shared what they had with new families that would show up.

We have the power to make a difference, be it a smile or kind gesture.

How long have you been writing for Intentblog, and what topics do you like to write about?

I’ve been writing and sharing my Go Inspire Go videos with Intent for about two years. What enlivens me and my pen (ok keyboard) are stories of regular people doing small things that ripple out to meaningful changes. It’s even better when we see the actions ripple out!

What inspires you?

Simple things inspire me. The sun, a flower and of course people watching. I love seeing and capturing candid moments of people interacting on a daily basis. Oh and a great book. I just finished “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

If you had a stadium full of a million people and had the opportunity to teach one thing, what would you teach?

“Compassion. Compassion for the people.” – Carol Carlile (Homeless woman)

This I learned from Carol Carlile, a homeless woman I met after spending the day with the Tent City People of Sacramento — when the economy was so bad, many families were pitching tents along open areas across America. I learned that in the human experience, we all crave and need one thing — compassion. We all just want to be seen, heard and valued. That is a common thread in all my videos that inspire civic engagement and action!

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This post is part of the Intent Voices Interview Series. We hope these interviews will give you the opportunity to get to know the bloggers that write for Intent better and engage with them in the comments. The Intent Voices represent a wide array of ages, ethnicities, occupations, and backgrounds, and each of them bring a unique and valuable perspective to the blog. In this series, our bloggers share what inspires them and how they hope to make a difference through blogging.