VicSuper's 'Food for thought' series aims to spark interest in, and raise awareness of, topics that are important to Victorians. In a series of free informal talks, we'll take a look at issues such as extinction and conservation, sustainable investment, responsible travel and more.
Community enterprises are a form of social sustainability. They are independent, viable, sustainable and self-funded businesses that do not rely on charitable donations or government grants or subsidies. Simply put, a community enterprise is a business that provides a benefit to society and may provide services that wouldn't otherwise be available to the community.
In this upcoming session, our guest speaker Rebecca Scott, CEO of Streat, an organisation which provides training and employment for homeless youths, will be talking about the key concepts of their social enterprise; innovation, market orientation and systems change. Rebecca will also touch on how Streat are working towards preventing social problems like youth homelessness by offering their foodservice social enterprise, which is dedicated to providing a supported pathway to long term employment for young people who have been living on the street or at risk of being on the street.
About our speaker
Rebecca Scott is the founding CEO of Streat and works towards bringing social change in youth homelessness. Coming from a science background, Rebecca first worked as a Science communicator at the CSIRO, further continuing to undertake international development and arts projects in both Vanuatu and Vietnam. It was then from working in Vietnam, that Rebecca discovered KOTO, a street youth café in Hanoi, and the wonderful world of social enterprise. So she finally left the CSIRO to study a Masters in International Development and work for KOTO as their Vice-President for a couple of years. After working at KOTO she decided to build a scalable social enterprise model that could be based anywhere on the planet and Streat has since been the result!
Date: Wednesday 14 November 2012
Time: 5.45pm registration for a 6.00pm start, followed by light refreshments at 6.30pm
Venue: Melbourne CBD (venue confirmed upon registration)
Cost: free of charge and without obligation
Register your details here