Thursday December 3, 2009 | Habitat for Humanity International

December 2, 2009 at 11:23 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

Thirty-three years ago, an organization emerged that sought to eliminate poverty and homelessness around the world. Today, Habitat for Humanity has provided homes for more than 1.5 million people worldwide. We’ll meet the CEO of Habitat, Jonathan Reckford, who has led the organization through disasters like Katrina and the aftermath of a major tsunami in Asia. We’ll talk about Reckford’s unusual path to CEO and how Habitat is continuing its mission in a worldwide economic downturn.
Jonathan Reckford
– CEO of Habitat for Humanity International

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  1. Hello
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  2. What struck me was when Mike asked Reckford about how he was “disturbed” by the street homeless while working at Goldman-Sachs and living in Manhattan. The assumption arrived at was that urban workers become numbed or blind to the suffering of others in a crowded and urgent environment, and that Jon Reckford has “special sensitivity.” I suspect that what he has is a special disdain for the poor so common among the elite. Jon is Millicent Fenwick’s grandson (Thanks for asking, Mike.), an elite insider, destined for privilege in a rigged system. He confessed that his greatest obsession is how business organizations grow and prosper and that he’d brought this focus to a large Presbyterian Church congregation and now to the Habitat “ministry.” Reckford was refreshingly honest about his “too aristocratic and collusive to fail” background at Circuit City and Best Buy. I learned from this interview to expect Habitat for Humanity to increasingly resemble a hard-hearted mortgage lender and less a bootstrap charity. There is already appreciable racial, political and religious bias in Habitat and I can’t help but think that would increase too under such an insensitive administrator. I don’t blame Reckford personally, because considering the upbringing upper class American boys suffer, they come to resemble insects with their empathetic antennae pruned off. Now Habitat will be more of a sham, and a tool of social control here at home as well as a tool of empire overseas. Millard Fuller and Jimmy Carter would be sadly disappointed considering the personal sacrifices they advocated for the privileged.

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