Rebec­ca Scott

Youth employment activist

Rebec­ca Scott

Youth employment activist

Rebec­ca Scott believes that most intract­able social prob­lems aren’t actu­ally intract­able – we just need to be far more cre­at­ive with our solu­tions. In this talk at TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2011, Rebec­ca Scott talks about where the dol­lars go when we buy our daily cup of cof­fee, and how think­ing and act­ing in a more sus­tain­able way can make a meas­ur­able dif­fer­ence all the way from the farm­er to the barista – espe­cially when that barista used to be a home­less youth.


As the CEO and Co-founder of STREAT, a Mel­bourne-based social enter­prise that provides home­less youth with a sup­por­ted path­way from the streets to a career in hos­pit­al­ity, Rebec­ca Scott is attempt­ing to build a scal­able hybrid organ­isa­tion that has the abil­ity to stop home­less­ness using the mar­ket­place any­where on the plan­et.

The grow­ing field of social enter­prise appears a long way from where Rebec­ca star­ted her career in sci­ence. But then I guess you didn’t know she flipped a coin to decide if she’d become a sci­ent­ist or artist when she fin­ished school. Sci­ence won. But she quickly real­ised she was bet­ter at talk­ing about sci­ence than actu­ally doing it and ended up tour­ing Aus­tralia as The Slime Queen with a trav­el­ling sci­ence cir­cus. And whil­st she’s con­tin­ued to take career hook-turns from slime to sci­ence man­age­ment to inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment and then to social enter­prise, the com­mon theme is how alive she’s always felt at the inter­face between dis­cip­lines. She par­tic­u­larly loves build­ing teams, pro­jects and organ­isa­tions at these inter­faces.

When she’s not build­ing STREAT you can find her in the kit­chen or garden with her part­ner Kate, or on the floor build­ing train tracks with their three year old son Will. Altern­at­ively she’ll be on the street mak­ing street art or pho­to­graph­ing, or in her shed build­ing some­thing weird out of red milk crates.