Maynard S. Clark
Maynard S. Clark's Veggie and Boston Blog talks about vegetarian topics AND Boston-related topics, often intersecting them interestingly.
Maynard S. Clark is a long-time and well-known vegan in Greater Boston, who often quips in his 'elevator pitch':
"I've been vegan now for over half my natural life, longer than most human earthlings have been alive."
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Maynard S. Clark
Harvard School of Public Health, Global Health and Population
Several American communities have made it illegal to smoke anywhere in multi-unit buildings (apartments, condominiums, cooperatives) because of the risks to residents from inhaling secondhand smoke that seeps into nonsmokers' units or is wafted through ventilation systems.
Housing industry background analysis evaluates issues and resources for implementing smoke-free policies in a private, cooperatively-owned residential high-rise building – but in ways so that no one will be hurt in the process. This research is to inform both decisionmakers and implementation by identifying successful implementation elsewhere of 100% nonsmoking policies in large multiunit dwellings and local and other resources supporting these specific changes, and their background in policy development and implementation in Boston. Optimally, implementation will be a ‘happy process’ respecting all long-term real interests; an optimal/optimizing outcome would see all current residents who smoke save money and their health by quitting smoking and everyone becoming happy together.
A March election could bring Board membership changes in governance. Research collaborates with current and future Board officers and reports to the “new Board” ( perhaps in March) on management information relevant to Charlesbank’s specific situation, including (1) resources for ongoing implementation support and (2) cost savings and other income impacts resulting from implementation.
Parties who could affect or be affected by these actions (“stakeholders”) include the Charlesbank residents (tenants are: “shareholders” can vote and, at present, and those termed “residents” cannot vote) and their elected Board, the contracted management company and its staffmembers (who are responsible for implementing policies, as directed by the Board), workplaces of residents where impacts of living conditions are unrecognized but not unfelt, and property insurers and public agencies with interests in building security and safety and tenant health and comfort.
In past three years, I completed REACH Intermediate (Harvard), Research Administration (Emmanuel College RAC/GCRA), NIH rDNA, and RTP (HSPH) Certificates. Completing Capstone research and thesis after two years of graduate courses for Master of Science in Management (MSM in Research Administration) in Boston's Emmanuel College. Have been working at Harvard for a VERY long time - there's SO much here!
I've been vegan over half my life. That's longer than most human earthlings (and most NONHUMAN earthlings) have been alive. All that time, I've been making connections for plant-based diets - and doing that through the Vegetarian Resource Center since 1993 (and before that through various strategies and structures.
My observation is that the vegan *movement* is constituted by fellow humans who have awakened to moral sensitivity in our individual observations of the populated world around us, a world that filled plentifully with persons - not only human, but also nonhuman, and that all persons are such that moral consideration is due to all of them. We cannot give that consideration individually; therefore, we must become persons of principle, who resolve our ethical duties towards other persons at a level of principle and self-regulation. I believe in 'ahimsa' or 'dynamic injury' as the proper regulatory principle for human behavior.
I also believe that many practicing vegans have attached nonessentials to being vegan, which often are their political aspirations and their willingness to 'entitle' certain kinds of activity 'over against' things that they wish to reduce with the same energy with which they are holding out their idea of what veganism is. I think that the idea of veganism is independent of that, tht it is defined BY (a) purely plant-based diets without the inclusion of honey or anything from animal or insect and (b) a principle of non-injury that is grounded in one's sense of the moral considerableness of personhood, regardless of how those persons act. One's ability to recognize those claims in any particular case are abetted or abated by the context in which those others are experienced and how they impact us. At the least, we have, I think as a vegan for ethical reasons, a duty to not cause needless harm to others, and those needless harms in mid-2014 would be harms for our clothing, food, shelter, medicinal ingredients, entertainment, etc.
Where there are challenges to living by those principles, we need, I believe as an ethical vegan, to agitate and organize for effective means to realize optimal ways to realize those values in the material world where we find ourselves.