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How a 100-Year-Old House is Transforming L.A.’s Toughest Neighborhood

The motto at The Big House is "Don't move, improve."

The Big House is a 100-year old craftsman home in south Los Angeles and home to nonprofit Nuevo South. It’s a modern example of a powerful phenomenon: the use of a private home as a community space. We teamed up with our friends at Nest and interior designer Casey Keasler to reimagine The Big House. We sanded, painted, brought in new design elements, and installed Nest products to help keep The Big House comfortable and secure, all with the goal of inspiring youth in this neighborhood to dream big.

The Big House. Image by Sarah Shreves.

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Looking for the Next Big Social Movement? Check the House Next Door.

When a private home is opened up as a community space, it often becomes the incubator of a movement.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Nest and interior designer Casey Keasler to reimagine a 100-year old craftsman home in south Los Angeles: The Big House. Home to nonprofit Nuevo South, The Big House is one modern example of a powerful phenomenon: the use of a private home as a community space. We sanded, painted, brought in new design elements, and installed Nest products to help keep the space comfortable and secure, all with the goal of inspiring the youth in this neighborhood to dream big.

The Big House, home to nonprofit Nuevo South. Image by Sarah Shreves.

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What a Scuba Diver with a Spinal Cord Injury Has to Teach Us About the Learning Process

Starting over with the bare essentials of life can offer important insights into learning at any age. #ProjectLiteracy

Stan Clawson. Image courtesy Aqua Dives Belize, 2005.

Stan Clawson loves to open the door for people. “They don’t expect it,” he says. Clawson, a filmmaker and communications professor based in Salt Lake City, is in his late 30s with sandy hair, blue eyes, and a handlebar mustache. He’s tall, “six-foot-four,” he says, “you know… laying down. Upright? I’m not sure. Maybe four-foot-eight? Four-ten?”

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