Kamren Kubesh

Organizer @ TEDxUMN, Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A.
Minneapolis, MN, United States

About Kamren

Bio

I have always been fascinated by design. I have been grappling with the problem of the economic inversion of growth and exploring strategies to address these fracture-critical systems. In addition, I have seen the tremendous potential in public interest design as a means for responding to natural disasters, designing sustainable systems, and creating widely accessible community resources. In alignment with helping others, I have been exploring living simplicity to reduce my impact and use the time to help others. As of right now, I serve on a number of student organizations American Institute of Architectural Students as the Website Manager and Competition Coordinator, TEDxUMN as the Director/Organizer, BDA Student Advisor Committee as the Events Coordinator, Freedom by Design Member, and Contraction Design Member.

Languages

English

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013

I'm passionate about

Design, Public Interest Design, Non-Profits, Problem Solving, and Collaborating Ideas with Others.

Comments & conversations

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Kamren Kubesh
Posted about 1 year ago
Can education utilize the "community issues" as learning experiences through problem solving, while simultaneously providing a service?
Martin, I think it is important to note the service learning experiences and how they are not being taken total advantage of in the educational setting (as a student, I think that it becomes under utilized due to time spent on course work). In addition, mentioning the dichotomies that you mentioned are important to be understood and considered. By no means do I think it is easy, hint at my struggle with trying to deal with a potential solution. As you mentioned those I started to think about the issues approval process of getting courses accepted into the collegiate system, when in reality cities and communities are continuously fluctuating over time, making their needs change, and requiring new courses to take place. This would require a more elastic system that can respond to current issues. Take a look at Rural Studio, which takes students a designs and builds home for the poorest county in the state, changing the building type as they find a place where they are best needed. http://www.ruralstudio.org/ I had heard that the state started to talking about something a long the lines of withholding money/funding unless they were specifically developing programs to improve/work with the surrounding community. I do question why there has not been a system (to my knowledge) that has made this a top priority, this could create precedents to how professionals and clients interact. Not only giving them direct experience, but we will start to see what systems are working and what are not. I think it is important to highlight the failure in order to help prevent it happening in more serious situations (example might be scaling solutions which end up causing a negative impacts as a result).
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Kamren Kubesh
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the future of "western" education? How will knowledge be conveyed to the next generation of students?
I agree what is stated above, that the current education system is very outdated. New developments on learning styles and the progress on how we retain information will be changing our education system. I believe as a part of this change, technology will naturally flow into the new systems of education. With that said technology will not be the single key that will change the current education system. Technology will be integrated into the new education systems that develop from our new understandings.
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Kamren Kubesh
Posted about 2 years ago
What was your volunteer experience? The good and the bad.
Thank you so much for the great responses so far! I am a little surprised by the number of responses I have received. The stories and tips have been great and very useful! They have reinforced some of the ideas and structures that must take place within an organizations to make it a good volunteer experience. Thank you and I look forward to hearing more!
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Kamren Kubesh
Posted about 2 years ago
Universities that pride themselves on developing future global leaders are actually failing in this regard. Do you agree or disagree?
I believe that really it comes down to teaching students how to be confident and take initiative. This learning should be taking place before they enter into college. I have seen that many students are just going through the system and not taking advantage of the opportunities provided to them at the university. At the same time I have found that faculty have not been pushing students or connecting them with resources that could drive them to the next level. Everyone has a passion, they need your help to find it. They will take the lead with your support and their own passion.