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User:Maynard S. Clark

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User:Maynard S. Clark is Maynard S. Clark of Boston. http://Maynard.Clark.GooglePages.com has photos of Maynard and links to all his several blogs. Maynard (dot) Clark (at) gmail (dot) com

Maynard S. Clark of Boston was first featured in Marquis's Who's Who since the early 1990s.

Profitable Employment

Maynard Clark at FXB at Harvard

Maynard S. Clark of Boston has since 2007 been Program Manager for the annual Ethical Issues in Global Health Research course in the Department of Global Health and Population in the Harvard School of Public Health, previously known as the HSPH Department of Population and International Health. EIGHR was begun in 1999 with a 2-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to Dr. Richard A. Cash, a medical doctor teaching in GHP who is famous for developing oral rehydration therapy (aka ORT) in the developing world, with the 3rd party claim that Dr. Cash's ORT has saved more lives less glamorously and less expensively than all HIV work today. The intensive summer course, which has run successfully and profitably for 11 years, draws from the developed and developing world medical experts involved with designing, conducting, supervising, funding, or approving health research across several nations.

He has also been employed by the Harvard Medical School of Boston and has been employed there since the 1990s. In the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, he has served (when GHSM was DSM) on the Green Team, the Website Committee, and the Social Committee and over the years (covering two decades) has volunteered for various special projects and events. For roughly a decade he served as Faculty Assistant to the late Dr. Leon Eisenberg, GHSM Department Founder and former Chair of Social Medicine.

He researched and archived the entire set of published writings of the late Professor Leon Eisenberg, MD, whom he had supported from 1999 through Dr. Eisenberg's death in September 2009. A nearly complete electronic archive of Eisenberg's 62+ years of writings and speeches will be available through the Center for the History of Medicine of the Countway Medical Library of Harvard Medical School.

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Before that, he studied in a variety of universities and graduate schools, including California State University, Hayward, Harvard Divinity School, Wheaton College (Illinois), Tufts University, etc. He was employed while studying at each school. He is now a full-time graduate student in research administration at Emmanuel College in Boston, while continuing to work for the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Vegetarian Part

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul is charged with a 'tent-making' ministry - he earns a living through manual labor, by selling his own custom-made tents to buyers, and this helps finance his ministry of outreach.

Maynard left the culinary field (had cooked at the Boca Raton Hotel and Club in Boca Raton, Florida and had managed some restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area) to go to Harvard Divinity School, where he went vegetarian, then a year later went vegan. He tried returning to the culinary field, but he suggests that he may not have been innovative enough at that time, nor did he have the financial and strategic resources to buck the trends in foodservice and make a professional career consulting in a field that had not yet been as well-developed as it is today.

One masterful touch has since been provided by vegan chef, Ken Bergeron, CEC, who has won gold and silver medals at the International Culinary Olympics, organizes the food annually at the annual NAVS (North American Vegetarian Society) Vegetarian Summerfest (www.VegetarianSummerfest.org) and studied with Ron Pickarski, CEC. Chef Ken Bergeron wrote Professional Vegetarian Cooking.

Before attending graduate school at Harvard in Cambridge, where he became vegetarian then vegan (he has continued being vegan for over half his natural life now), he was designated a "most widely-read undergraduate" while at California State University in Hayward (CSUH has since become CSUEB, California State University, East Bay). He had long resisted 'going vegetarian' with the excuse, "I'm NOT a 'do-gooder'."

As a vegetarian community organizer and planner and developer of events, he helped (with several national vegetarian organizations) to organize several national, continental, and international-scale vegetarian events, such as the 8th International Vegan Festival[1] (in San Diego, CA, in 1995), the Great American Meatout (organized by FARM, where he was regional or national outreach coordinator for several years in a row around the late '80s and early '90s), and the 1996 World Vegetarian Congress (held with NAVS in Johnstown, PA). He also developed the groundwork for the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, organizing a team and helping directing its first several years of development, before passing the event over to the Boston Vegetarian Society, an organization which he ALSO founded in the mid-1980s. Further, during the late 1990s and the turn of the 21st century, he laid the groundwork of networking, which eventually emerged as the Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA) in 2002, after Rev. Frank L. Hoffman of New York developed the All-Creatures.org website portal, which hosts a CVA mirror site. He continues to 'organize' by talking with vegetarian businesses about how to improve their 'transformative' role in popular culture by advancing high-quality vegan products, services, and values.

Maynard's efforts to start vegetarian business have been less successful than his efforts to engender all volunteer nonprofit vegetarian social operations, such as the Boston Vegetarian Society, the Vegetarian Resource Center, and various vegetarian and vegan meetups throughout Boston. VeggieSeek.com didn't fare very well between 1999-2001 because (a) the dot-com boom was (temporarily) ending and some (very famous) vegetarians (at that time) questioned the notion that a vegetarian should try to make a living from charging for a service (of any kind) provided to vegetarians and vegans, to the herbivorous communities. The template was built by Dr. Ken Granderson, then of Inner City Software in Boston, but the team voted to bring down the supply chain business portal with lots of FREE bells and whistles for veg*an social networking, community organizing, and the like.

He has reviewed vegetarian books social science and religion books since the early 1970s and continues to do so.

He continues to manage numerous online resources for vegans and vegetarians: some controlled-access networking venues, and some open-ended discussion venues.

Vegetarian Resource Center Accomplishments

The Vegetarian Resource Center (VRC) is credited with:

Teaching

In addition to training and mentoring responsibilities for vegetarians and in the context of employment, he gives public talks in vegetarian contexts. The most recent was (with journalist, blogger, and cartoonist Vance Lehmkuhl) at the 35th Annual NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown PA " 'Friend' is a Verb: Vegetarians and Social Media - the Ethics of 'Getting the Word Out' "

Writing and Publications

Maynard's writings (not specifically referenced here) are popular, vegan, and/or serious:

  • numerous book reviews;
  • talks on vegetarianism & veganism;
  • thousands of blog entries;
  • documentation and training manuals for various businesses;
  • how-to-do-it articles on vegetarian organizing;
  • numerous vegetarian newsletters and editorial and commentary contributions
  • various other writings
  • nearly 90 Wikipedia articles (easy to find for Wikipedia editors);

These ~90 accepted Wikipedia articles (plus some that have NOT been accepted) break down (approximately) as follows:

  • Started 14
  • Improved 25
  • Initiated or Maintained - 18
  • Contributed to - 20
  • Worked On 20
  • Edited - 15
  • Tweaked 26
  • Minor Tweaks - 23
  • Wikipedia articles developed but removed - 6

(note evident overlaps in categories)

Several of his articles have been rejected; most (not all) of them dealt with vegetarian topics. Those included articles on:

  • Dr. Carl Phillips, Harvard and University of Michigan alum, who was an outspoken early 21st century advocate of evidence-based vegan advocacy.
  • Freya Dinshah, widow of H. Jay Dinshah, who now runs the American Vegan Society in Malaga NJ.
  • Vegetarian Hall of Fame

He has been a Wikipedian since early May 2007 and spends far TOO MUCH time on it. I'd call that 'dedication'. </br>

Unpaid (Volunteer) Employment

PAST Massachusetts Cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Malden (Recycling committees) Steering Committee of Somerville MA Recycling Committee

Animal Rights Involvements

Vegetarian Involvements

CURRENT:

PAST:

Ideas and Controversies

Interests and Avocations

He loves classical music, vegan whole foods cooking, and digital photographer. He traveled to India in September 2006 for the IVU's 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Goa, after which he vege-toured three of India's many states: Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra (where Mumbai/Bombay is located).

He's an aggressive blogger and social media advocate; he's lectured to vegetarian conferences on using these tools. His Facebook friends number over 4500, his LinkedIn contacts over 1350, and his blog readership passed a million early in 2009 and eventually exceeded 1.3 million.

Quips and Humor

  • Most blondes aren't !
  • Vegan over half my natural life, longer than most human earthlings have been alive.

References

  1. http://www.ivu.org/veganfest/1995/
  2. Newspaper article by Jennifer Berkshire from The Boston Herald 9/14/2003 "Web inspires no-meat-and-greets" (in "Food" Section)
  3. Newspaper article by Jennifer Berkshire from The Boston Herald 9/14/2003 "Web inspires no-meat-and-greets" (in "Food" Section)

Wikipedia Status

He has been a Wikipedian since early May 2007 and spends far TOO MUCH time on it. I'd call that 'dedication'. </br>

Maynard has started, maintained, improved, worked on, or tweaked >90 accepted Wikipedia pages:</br>

  • Started 14
  • Improved 25
  • Initiated or Maintained - 18
  • Contributed to - 20
  • Worked On 20
  • Edited - 15
  • Tweaked 26
  • Minor Tweaks - 23
  • Wikipedia articles developed but removed - 6

(note evident overlaps in categories)</br>

Several of his articles have been rejected; most (not all) of them dealt with vegetarian topics. Those included articles on:</br>

  • Dr. Carl Phillips, Harvard and University of Michigan alum, who was an outspoken early 21st century advocate of evidence-based vegan advocacy. , who was an outspoken early 21st century advocate of evidence-based vegan advocacy.
  • Freya Dinshah, widow of H. Jay Dinshah, who now runs the American Vegan Society in Malaga NJ.
  • Vegetarian Hall of Fame