Mark Arnoldy traveled to Nepal the summer after his sophomore year of college. While he was there, he suffered from a severe nut allergy attack when a local chef mistakenly served him a dish with a cashew sauce. Nepal was in a period of violent political strike at the time, which meant there were no ambulances on the road to transport Mark to a hospital. “I learned what it meant to be without healthcare when I really needed it,” Mark reflected in an interview with IVY Magazine, “and that was a really powerful both moment of empathy and, later, as I had some time to process it, moment of obligation…. It opened my eyes to how unjust and how widespread this idea of complete lack of access to healthcare was.”
Mark survived the allergy attack, and he is living proof of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s adage: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Mark is now the CEO of Possible, a non-profit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor. Mark has helped pioneer a new approach, called durable healthcare, that brings together the best of private, public, and philanthropic models in the effort to deliver basic human healthcare to the 400 million people around the world without access to those services. Since 2008, Possible has treated over 275,000 patients in rural Nepal through government hospitals, clinics, and community health workers.
Mark sat down with IVY Magazine to share his insights on the world of social impact, and his advice on how we can become involved in making a positive change.
Four Ways to Become Involved in the World of Social Impact
- Join the board of a nonprofit to which you are passionately committed, and serve as an advocate for organization. Nonprofits are always in need of smart, dedicated board members.
- Creative partnerships. Find a way to incorporate the issue you’re interested in into your work, whether that be through a donation or team volunteering experiences. Nonprofits can really benefit from corporations aligning themselves with a great cause.
- Go experience the work that your organization is doing. This may mean using your vacation days to go to the Gulf Coast to help with flooding, but the payoff will be worth it.
- Make the leap — change your career to align with a great cause. Note that It is not necessary to change your industry to make the leap: for instance, if you work in finance, you may be able to pivot to fill a microfinance need in the nonprofit world; or if you work in agriculture, you may be able to fill a technological need in the nonprofit world. The same goes for healthcare, education, and many other industries.