Iffit Qureshi

Photo journalist, communication adviser, speaker, life coach, Humans of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

About Iffit

Languages

English, Norwegian

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.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Iffit Qureshi
Posted over 1 year ago
Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind
What an amazing and inspiring talk. How many of us would be terrified to walk outside in a big city without being able to see especially when there are so many difficulties in maneuvering around (traffic, people, rush hour traffic).
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Iffit Qureshi
Posted over 1 year ago
Is it part of human nature to have a hierarchy?
Heirachy is basically a constructed category which those in power use to oppress those they perceive as being inferior. It is not human nature, but we have used them to give ourselves some sense of self-importance. Babies are not born in to this world with categories. Through years of social conditioning they are taught them.