Research & Documentation
Reflecting on the importance of documenting the processes,
the accreditation of participants, the consent of affiliated communities, and the sharing of knowledge.

The research collections and case studies put together and cited by CADA rely on relationships of trust, the mutual exchange of knowledge, and the recognition of authorship, as well as the integrity of collaboratively created work. It is important to clarify that these case studies reflect on a communal practice of social design as a potential tool for building resilient local identities in the age of globalism.

Following the foundation’s dedication to proper documentation, the case studies are written digests from reliable primary, secondary, and online sources. CADA is built upon a network of individuals who place the utmost care into making sure that the information shared between constituents is verified and trustworthy. 

Furthermore, the consent and permission surrounding the participation of individuals and communities is a focal point in CADA’s work and research, and is approached with utmost consideration and consistent reinforcement. Beyond consent, CADA also advocates for due accreditation to these participants– that their work survives as their own intellectual property and that adequate support and attention are given to them as the creators of their work. CADA, in light of all of this, is a mere facilitator, fleshing out important research and design processes with great respect, first and foremost, to the communities involved.
CADA started off as a research practice founded by Design Researcher and Practitioner Carmen Malvar in the fall of 2013. Shortly afterwards, the main team of facilitators joined the venture. They collectively believed in the necessity of CADA as a hybrid shared space not only for documenting and exchanging knowledge but also for creating commercial paths for traditional culture.

Research Projects for Entrepreneurial Causes

CADA is a project with local means, and yet, a global and viral effect. 

It implements a social design model to achieve tangible commercial paths for local artifacts, whilst maintaining an ethical, sustainable, and culturally sensitive approach– centered around the consent, participation, and approval of the partner communities. 

It is a Fair Trade proposal using design and crafts from a specific local perspective in order to contribute to a global process. This perspective makes use of technology and the "social media" essence, as an integral part of a project developed within the context of the 21st century. For this purpose, CADA proposes a communal, ethical process and the creation of a platform that it is also a Hybrid Shared Space for exchanging knowledge.

CADA believes in the importance of legacy.

Social Exchange Through Design is intended for artisans, practitioners and designers. It aims to connect them as well as to provide for them the resources and tools they need to transform their ideas into successful entrepreneurial practices, or opportunities for further discussion. The platform transcends all physical borders and looks to spread its influence as far as the online format can help to reach. In CADA’s social exchange, the members are dedicated to sharing hands-on-experience with artisanal communities, whom they wish to continue this long-term process with.

01 Research & Documentation

02 Case Studies

03 Manufacturing & Transformation

04 Legal & Anthropological Support

05 Current Collaborations

06 References & Dissemination

07 Multimedia, References & Sources

CADA Foundation, is a public charity foundation under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3), registered in the state of New York. Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi) . CADA is also a member of the UNESCO Sustainability Chair in Barcelona, Spain. Its team is composed of dedicated individuals who have strong interest and concern towards the future of heritage, identity, and local value.