Social engineering | philanthropy
Part of the reason we started Ardenci was to create a business vehicle to work on Developments which are “special projects” that our team members are passionate about, projects that impact things that they care about and matter most to them. Ardenci is about creating new paths for people, causing societal shifts, and creating spaces and vehicles that give people and organizations access to new results they want to get to. This page is dedicated to show you the projects we are working on and how you can join our team in turning these projects into reality.
the Parental Leave act (of Michigan)
US Labor Laws, under the Family and Medical Leave Act from 1993, requires business provide minimum 12 weeks of unpaid leave for mothers of newly born or adopted children. This is one of the lowest amounts of leave in the industrialized world (according to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports from 2016. The average number of paid weeks for mothers in industrialized countries is 55 weeks. Fathers receive an average of 8 weeks of paid paternal leave. California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and (most recently) New York, have paid-family leave laws with Washington DC laws going into effect in 2020. We're working to have Michigan join the ranks as a "family friendly state" by having new legislation passed requiring business to offer extended, paid parental leave.
CODE NAME: RFFR
This is a secret project that started in 2012. It involves robots making food.
Elementhus pÂ SKANsen
Not sure you could pronounce that one, eh? This special project started when some of our team members bumped into a guy at a bar in an airport in Iceland. If the project starts with meeting a guy in a bar in Iceland, it’s definitely a project worth taking on. And this project happens to have deep ties with our in-house Swede’s family. Think Henry Ford’s automotive production lines meets Ikea meets Sear’s Kit Houses from back in the day. Elementhus pâ Skanses was traditional form of homes disguised in a radical method of production mixed with the creative genius and mastery of industrial thinking that its creators brought to life during a mid-century quest to build houses like cars.
A program that was designed to provide a meaningful learning experience for any young person that creates an easily accessible, readily available access for learning robotics and creation of a foundation for a possible future in engineering. One day someone asked us if we had a robot camp to which we replied “sure.” And 8-weeks later we had our funding for our first pilot program. There is an incredible amount of interest in this STEM learning based program that was designed for next generation of workforce development.
For over decade economists, work force development leaders, and futurists have been predicting a shortage in workforce based on the volume of baby boomers retiring and predicted skills gap in the upcoming work force generations. NextGenLabor is the vehicle for launching work force development programs by creating opportunities and pathways where they don’t exists, and doing that with an amazing amount of simplicity and ease. We fulfill this vision by “not reinventing wheels” and “connecting existing programs and resources in new ways.” (Robot Camp is one of these programs!)