Go Inspire Go

By Ed Nicholson

I met Toan Lam yesterday.  Toan’s an interesting guy.  A successful print and broadcoast reporter who has bypassed network opportunities to  found GoInspireGo.com, an organization dedicated to using social networking to inspire social change, Toan is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

The mission of GoInspireGo is to set up a global platform for people to see and share inspirational stories.

The group originally produced a video entry featuring 5 year-old Phoebe Russell for the Tyson/Tongal Hunger Relief video competition, .  As a result of that video, Phoebe was named a Tyson Hunger All-Star of the Month.

Toan’s message echoed the one we heard from Share Our Strength founder, Billy Shore when we first started becoming involved in hunger relief ten years ago:  Everyone has a strength to share.  Every single person’s capacity to effect change is valuable and incredibly potent.

Toan and GoInspireGo.com are extending the value and potency of individual contributions by telling inspiring stories in very visible, compellng ways.

Here’s a brief video interview I did with Toan in which he describes how he started the organization and what they do.

The Youngest Tyson Hunger All-Star Yet

When we got involved in hunger ten years ago, we began hearing some incredible stories.  The most unlikely people in the most unlikely places doing tremendous work on the frontlines of fighting hunger.
That’s why when we put this blog up in 2007, we made a place for people to tell those stories themselves in the Hunger All-Star section.

This week, we honor one of most unlikely Hunger All-Stars yet.  5-year old Phoebe Russell, from San Francisco, after seeing a homeless man begging for food, decided she would raise $1000 by collecting cans to donate so people wouldn’t have to go hungry. She didn’t even know what $1000 was, but started calling relatives to help her out.

The phenomenal thing: Phoebe’s efforts raised more than $3700!!!

Her story came to our attention via Toan Lam, frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, and founder of the organization, GoInspireGo, which uses social networking to inspire social change.  His group created the video above.  You should check out their site.  Truly inspiring stories about phenomenal people.

We’re proud to present a truckload of food in Phoebe’s honor to the San Francisco Food  Bank.

Keep it up, Phoebe!!!  With you leading a future generation, we know there’s hope for an end to hunger.