Areas of Expertise
Communications - Writing, speaking, Coaching - Life, Photography, Street Photography, Teaching & Counseling, social media
An idea worth spreading
Letting go of our ego, our inhibitions to open ourselves up to new interactions and a universe of new experiences and interactions. Humans of Oslo is my personal journey from being a hardcore human rights activist to realizing that we had so much more to gain by letting go of those categories which prevented meaningful communication and understanding based on our common experiences and vulnerabilities,
I'm passionate about
Photography, human interactions, what makes us human.
Talk to me about
Anything and I listen and try to understand your view point free of prejudices and criticism. Seek to understand first before being understood.
People don't know I'm good at
Communication, understanding people's vulnerabilities and seeing behind the mask so many people carry. It's those subtle movements in body language, eye contact even breathing which I detect.
My TED story
The terrorist attacks on in Norway 22.7-2011 made me change my whole outlook on how I perceived my world and my own contribution to creating peace and harmony in the city I love so much. The Humans of Oslo photo project I started is about diversity, humanity, unity and love across borders. Ethnicity, gender and religion is insignificant. HoO is about WHO we are and what makes us the people we are and the choices we make.
After taking over 1000 images over the span of over a year I have learnt an enormous amount about human interaction, about the people of this city and about their loves, hates and beliefs. People have told me their most intimate secrets and revealed things about themselves they normally are ashamed to tell others. I in turn I have confronted my own fears and prejudices and taken contact with people I otherwise would never have spoken to. I am grateful to each and every person who has allowed me to tell their story. It is truly a humbling experience.