DR. VINCENT HARDING: JULY 25, 1931 - MAY 22, 2014
I had occasion to meet with Dr. Vincent Harding eleven months before his passing. He was in process of moving into a new office on the grounds of Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO. I found him deeply engaged in his work and curious about mine. Towards the end of the meeting I posed my burning question bluntly: "You know IAF. You know Colorado. Should we establish a presence here?" His answer was swift and clear: "Yes!" We went on to discuss the why. He offered contacts and wise counsel.
Industrial Areas Foundation organizing is distinctively counter cultural. A case in point is the encouragement leaders and organizers are receiving to write more and better. Given the demands that organizing work make on an individual's time and energy personal investment in writing skills requires discipline, support and mentoring. How three IAF organizers described the first two day workshop intensive led by Greg Pierce: