UNDP Innovation-AccLab Pakistan’s approach in mainstreaming innovation requires us to constantly collaborate and co-design work. We bring stakeholders with projects to the heart of the problem using collective intelligence, systems thinking, ideation and experimentation. Before COVID-19 struck, we would collaborate through workshopping with our partners in person —where we would facilitate our community of problem solvers through a journey of understanding the challenge at hand more holistically — using (many) sticky notes.
Unfortunately, with COVID-19, we cannot be together in person anymore. Our major question was then,
“how do we continue to collaborate meaningfully while maintaining physical distance?’’
As we were reshaping our approaches and processes, we knew our solution must allow for collective intelligence, and should be engaging for our partners. This would not be easy to achieve as we would have to go digital – a space filled with constant distraction. We decided to test Mural which is a digital workspace for visual collaboration whilst communicating over Zoom. Mural allowed us to use digital stickies on a white board which we could move around and collaborate in real-time.