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The chatty so­cial en­tre­pre­neur gives us a sniff of new projects brew­ing, dis­cov­er­ing pur­pose and find­ing in­spi­ra­tion

ebekah lin has suc­cess­fully forged a ca­reer out of help­ing oth­ers en­joy a bet­ter life, but the co-founder of The So­cial Co, a think-tank ded­i­cated to solv­ing so­cial is­sues in Sin­ga­pore, doesn’t dwell on past achieve­ments. “I’m grate­ful that I have been able to make a dif­fer­ence, but I con­stantly re­mind my­self that it’s not about how much we’ve done, but how we can do more,” says the chirpy 32-year-old, who counts her mother, for­mer politi­cian Lim Hwee Hua, as her great­est role model. If one’s drink of choice is a re­flec­tion of char­ac­ter, Re­bekah’s dou­ble shot gin and tonic can tell you much about her zest for life and com­mit­ment to mak­ing a change, par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas of men­tal well­ness and sui­cide. Armed with novel ideas and cre­ative ways of spread­ing aware­ness—thanks to her pen­chant for read­ing and open­ness to meet­ing new peo­ple—re­bekah con­sid­ers her work as an ex­ten­sion of her life­style. “When you re­ally like do­ing some­thing, it won’t feel like a job. It’d just be like what you do in your free time, such as watch­ing a movie or go­ing out for drinks.”

“Trav­el­ling gives me per­spec­tive. When I was a pho­tojour­nal­ist with World Vi­sion be­tween 2009 and 2011, I vis­ited Ethiopia, Bangladesh and India and re­alised how blessed we were in Sin­ga­pore. It made me even more grate­ful for what I had and taught me to fo­cus on the big­ger pic­ture.”

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