Navigating the dangers of the influencer phenomenon | Godfrey Gao & Darren Jiang | TEDxBangsar

Behind all the glamor and perks that comes with being an influencer, is an industry that excels at providing the public an outlet for their imagination. What we don't see is the inner-workings of a well-oiled machine that has a direct impact towards impressionable youth. In this talk, Godfrey Gao and Darren Jiang unwraps the influencer phenomenon and challenges youth to redefine their relationship with influencers. Better known for his acting and modelling skills, Godfrey Gao possesses a profound passion for basketball even as a little boy. This avid basketball player vows to provide a sports-based youth development programme to the youth without access to quality education. This dream is materialised through PB Camp.

As a big believer in sports building discipline, Godfrey helps the youth to improve their skills in basketball and eventually, in life. He envisions himself continue to impact the youth just as how his life was changed through basketball. Streaming his passion for sports into a different area, Godfrey is also the founder of Youyu, a workwear line that is integrated with sportswear technology.

Godfrey aspires to inspire people with his innovative and entrepreneurial streak. He believes that as a key opinion leader, he bears the responsibility to advocate change in the world.

Born and raised in China but spent more than half of his life growing up in America, DJ, as the Founder and General Manager, possesses a unique combination of bi-cultural upbringing, academic background and work experiences. In 2005, he participated in a MTV reality show production called “Nike Battlegrounds” where he was eventually selected to be one of the top 10 amateur hopefuls and the only Asian American to represent New York City.

His project with Godfrey Gao, PB (Personal Best) was born in 2014. Shifting from an experienced corporate white-collar to an entrepreneur, DJ has always kept his focus and faith while never been afraid of challenges and potential mistakes. Through his actions, he’s inspired youths across China to strive for their own Personal Best. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

100+ comentarios:

Man, he left us too soon. This dude was a shining beacon for Asian male representation, literally defied every stereotype. My heart sank when I first discovered the news.
Jiu Chan
Jiu Chan:
R.I.P Godfrey ... I can't believe this..
Kevin's Journal
Kevin's Journal:
As another Asian male in the industry, having such little representation, he was a massive inspiration for me, rest in peace I miss him so so much!!!
He was not only gorgeous on the outside, but evidently a wonderful, humble soul as well. I don't think I have ever been this devastated by a celebrity passing away since Paul Walker's untimely death.
到現在還是無法接受這個事實QQ 真的真的很難過
這麼好這麼紳士這麼溫暖這麼善良的人 應該要有更好的結局的
身為一個外人都感到這麼悲傷了 難以想像他的家人朋友們要怎麼接受這個事實
希望在世的人可以早日走出傷痛 RIP Godfrey
yamhong chan
yamhong chan:
Rest In.Peace Godfrey. You have left your mark as Asia's best looking and most successful model.
Jane Liu
Jane Liu:
Too bad to hear that Godfrey die few days ago, he was one of my favorite actors , May him rest in peace!
Qiuling Wu
Qiuling Wu:
I am really scare to read about the news about him this days . What a perfect man,we can't see him in this world forever,heart broken😭😭😭
Cecelia Lee
Cecelia Lee:
Everything is all destiny.May your soul rest in peace 😭 😭 😭 😭😭 😭😭 😭😭 😭😭 😭
Cloud Clover
Cloud Clover:
Godfrey Gao. The icon for Asian-Representation. We will miss you.
Bandits Mia
Bandits Mia:
I still can’t believe what happened. I’m still in shock
到現在還是無法接受Godfrey 已經離開我們的事實。

Honey Glazed
Honey Glazed:
I still cannot believe we have lost this beautiful soul.
Wendy Ren
Wendy Ren:
0:57 literally cried when I heard the word “alive”. RIP Godfrey.
guo m
guo m:
Cannot believe he is so sophisticated. Tks for being u .. tks from singapore
it's sad to see such a nice person left the earth. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace.
Yolanda Wong
Yolanda Wong:
Even today when I see his face, I can't stop crying. I would rather never know him than can't stop grieving days and days. Please be happy in another world.
Jacyntha Foo
Jacyntha Foo:
Should have attended this ted talk 😭 Rest well 😔
Bocheng Gu
Bocheng Gu:
He said no one is perfect, but to me (at least on the outside) he is as perfect as a man can be.
I can hear his voice sound very tired. Maybe nightmare already started. 😭😭
Matthew Li
Matthew Li:
哎 浙江卫视真是人血卫视
Louis O
Louis O:
Can't imagine Godffrey gone just after 2 months of this talk, Darren must suffer in deep grief of knowing his best friend and partner pass away.
Bye-bye've lived a good life. 💐 Now go and explore the other side. RIP.
Na Na Na
Na Na Na:
You left us suddenly, I really still can't believe it! 😑
Tu Bebe Kr
Tu Bebe Kr:

Andrew Tang
Andrew Tang:
There are so many beautiful people in this world. Thank you for being one of them. Rest in peace, Godfrey.
Crystal Wang
Crystal Wang:
I feel so sad about his leaving, a rising star suddenly vanish in dark sky turning to teardrops and sights.
RIP Godfrey 😭 I'm gonna miss you, man. 😭😭😭💔
My heart sank when I read the news 💔
I’m so shocked 😭 Rest In Peace
I still feel bad, I can’t imagine that he really left
Lara Palma
Lara Palma:
Well he's distant now 😵😭
Rest in peace, my friend.
RIP Godfrey ❤️ Thank you for everything 🙏 Hope you are in a really good place now 🌹🌈❤️
lihang he
lihang he:
Im so sad that he left. He was such a beautiful human being.
this was just 2 months ago. still can't take it in that he is not here anymore. RIP Godfrey. 一路好走。。。
yoongin Ao
yoongin Ao:
I still don't blv it.
We were just seeing him all smiling n healthy n then just gone.
After he passed away youtube start bombarding my feed with his video
Li Qu, Grace
Li Qu, Grace:
we ought to honor him by carrying on his legacy/vision: inspire positive changes in this world by being our personal bests.
Li Chen
Li Chen:
he already looks tired in this video
Magnus Bane
Magnus Bane:
Godfrey goodbye my hero, my heart you are in ours nephilim hearts :'(
Love Life
Love Life:
I never heard of him but this is so sad that he has left this world . He seem like a very special human being . Bob M.
Alice Chan
Alice Chan:
He has left this world but never our heart ❤
EcClair Mayo
EcClair Mayo:
This is so upsetting that we are talking about Godfrey Gao in the past tense because his death was avoidable. I read that the other contestants were throwing up and showing signs of sickness yet they were still pushed to keep going. All of this for ratings?
You'll never fall off from our heart. Love you so much.
Daniel Ku
Daniel Ku:
saved this weeks ago, just watching it now and it's crazy that this vid can act as a memorial for him weeks before his passing
CrystalBearie Meow
CrystalBearie Meow:
RIP dear Godfrey 💔.... Rest well with Lord Jesus 😢
Gold Finger
Gold Finger:
"There was a clear lack of safety preparation as there was no mention of the use of an automated external defibrillator to resuscitate Gao in the statement, and the medical staff did not rush to the scene as soon as possible," the editorial said.
An AED, which delivers a controlled electric current to the heart, can be used to restore the normal heartbeat of a person undergoing a heart attack.
More than 540,000 cases of sudden cardiac death occur in China each year, mostly taking place outside of hospitals, said the National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases.
Chen Zhi, director of the Beijing Emergency Medical Center's training center, said a person's chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest can be greatly improved if people nearby can perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use AEDs within four minutes of the heart attack, rather than just waiting for an ambulance.
"After four minutes, the brain will suffer irreversible damage and after 10 minutes, the brain is dead," he said.
However, many people in China do not know how to perform CPR and there are not enough AEDs in public places, he said.

Rest in Heaven.
Micah A.
Micah A.:
I literally discovered him a few weeks ago. So sad. I guess he was too good for this world. May he rest in peace ❤️
Marcus Luong
Marcus Luong:
Beautiful soul inside and out. When it is our turn to leave this world, we hope that we can all see you around up there. Much respect for this gentleman...
Yanin Van
Yanin Van:
Broken-hearted 😭 if he got serious illest I’ll pray for him to recover. But now don’t know what to do. Love ❤️ you from Cambodia.
Jenny Wang
Jenny Wang:
RIP Godfrey:(
Anne Ma
Anne Ma:
Rest In Peace 😂😂
Jenny Ho
Jenny Ho:
May you rest in peace... this is so heart breaking to watch
myalynn huynh
myalynn huynh:
RIP Godfrey. It hasn’t even been a year after this TED Talk. Darren, thank you for hosting this TED Talk with Godfrey Gao. I am really going to miss all his posts and I feel so upset with all his now disappeared future potential. He had so much more to share with the world and he has made an impact worldwide. Day 1, and I already miss him.
T Lee
T Lee:
R.I.P you will be missed...
Krystal Ann
Krystal Ann:
My heart literally broke into pieces, i thought it was some fake news by some troll.. I can't believe this
He's a beautiful yet humble guy inside
What a big inspiration for asian people, he defied those stereotypes. He deserves so much more. RIP Godfrey...
Enthn Yee
Enthn Yee:
rest in heaven G 🙏🏻🌹
I really can't accept this bad news for me the idol I love many years. G, you are loved and remembered forever
Leapseng Suy
Leapseng Suy:
It’s unfair that good person like you left this earth too early. Rest In Peace!
Rest easy. I don’t know too much of him but he seemed to be loved by many. Rest In Peace
Natasha Licavoli
Natasha Licavoli:
One wonders even more now what his struggles were. Cant believe hes gone. Devastating 💔. RIP
Monica Sultan
Monica Sultan:
I still can’t believe we lost him.
I’m still in shock when I heard the news 🙏🏻 rest in piece you beautiful angel 😇
Rinda Serly
Rinda Serly:
I still can't believe that Godfrey gao was die. He is an amazing person, he still so young.
Ti Na
Ti Na:
According to the information known, after he fell unconscious, the artist who was next to him repeatedly called out to people for emergency. But the staff made a false judgment, did not immediately give an emergency but continued to recording. The audiences watching the recording continuously heard the shouting "emergency, stop recording, save people ...." by another male artist was shooting together with Godfrey. Because the emergency was delayed, missed the first 4 minutes, Godfrey was in critical condition. There are no emergency physicians. During the emergency period, constantly listening to other artists shouting and asking "Where is the doctor?" It took more than 40 minutes for him to be taken to the hospital in a state of "dilated pupils", the hospital confirmed that when he arrived at the hospital, he was already dead. Chinese netizens are very angry.
R.I.P This was the beginning though, Darren Jiang is alive and he will continue this work in his memory....I am pretty sure.
Venus C.
Venus C.:
Godfrey, you left us too early! I still can’t believer it! We miss you
Li Yee Sim
Li Yee Sim:
RIP Godfrey. U left us too early 😭
RIP Godfrey! Gone way to soon. Prayers for family and friends.
Denise Ng
Denise Ng:
RIP Godfrey 😭🙏
8:00 It was just a makeup artist doing a makeover, she doesn't look like that in real person according to Google! 🙊
Niloc Rekkab
Niloc Rekkab:
Dang bruh this guys talk is about how great of a friend Godfrey is, and then he died two months later.
Cindy Petrofsky
Cindy Petrofsky:
You are always in my heart!
Xi Zhu
Xi Zhu:
H Tuna
H Tuna:
He was such an amazing man. This world really lost a good one. 😭😭😭
Jan Tetsu
Jan Tetsu:
Its really sad that he left this way.
Two days past and I still can’t believe that he had left. Bye bye Sunshine Boy and Rest In Peace . We all love you .
Metz 88
Metz 88:
Didn't know him until his death , sad news , gone too soon. He had too much to contribute and now it's taken away his untimely death. Feeling sad for his folks 😭😭😭
RIP Godfrey Gao
Betty X
Betty X:
I still feel sad and don’t wanna believe he has gone...
Pema Wangmo
Pema Wangmo:
RIP, we lost such a young and inspirational real model, may your soul rest in peace. hope you will reborn in heaven
nnn nnn
nnn nnn:
Yi Chen Tsai
Yi Chen Tsai:
love u so much and love u forever
rest in peace, Godfrey
W Francis
W Francis:
I love the performances of JOHN LONE in YEAR of the DRAGON (1985) by Michael Cimino and The Last Emperor (1987) by Bernardo Bertolucci. I am looking forward to seeing Godfrey GAO as the next JOHN LONE before too long. 
Godfrey, as you said, "Try to achieve your personal best."
SHYNE Carnival360
SHYNE Carnival360:
lisa peri
lisa peri:
to young to die... life is so unfair to the best of the best rest in paradise Godfrey Gao, much love to your family also
Fly High
Fly High:
So sad! Leaving too soon! RIP, G!🙏😭❤️
Leli Cat
Leli Cat:
my friend told me the news yesterday, I am so sad to hear that ,he is really good man, very kind idol .
Tommy Kao
Tommy Kao:
Godfrey Gao, you'll always be my favorite KOL!
RIP...I will miss you 😢
Thúy Minh
Thúy Minh:
im learning English and i will turn on this video regularly to hear your voice. In a cold day, with broken heart, please rest in peace! Can you hear my request?!
Beautiful soul. Your parents really taught you well. RIP, G!
Kimi Lucine
Kimi Lucine:
R.I.P Godfrey 💔🙏
Ming Hui
Ming Hui:
RIP 😢 the most handsome 呂布
Bubble W
Bubble W:
RIP beautiful angel....
Rest In Peace, GG. 🌷
haohao beth
haohao beth:
I still want to see you on TVs and movies, love you, miss you and will remember you forever.
RIP Godfrey.
Lhai Mhel
Lhai Mhel:
RIP Godfrey😢