SAN FRANCISCO — March 28, 2022 — MURAL, the leading provider of digital workspaces for guided visual collaboration, announced today that it has acquired LUMA Institute (LUMA), a recognized global leader that equips people to be collaborative problem solvers through its acclaimed learning experiences, digital resources, and certification programs. LUMA transforms how teams collaborate and innovate at enterprise scale.
The LUMA acquisition establishes category leadership for MURAL as the company launches its blueprint for a Collaborative Intelligence System, a new approach that connects teams to unlock their genius, taking insights and ideas from possibility to reality. MURAL’s Collaborative Intelligence System will aim to solve the prevailing sense of disconnection felt by teams globally and address the $542 billion cost of inefficient team collaboration.
“Bad meetings, lost ideas, and frustrated teams are all symptoms of disconnection. These problems come from leaving collaboration to chance,” said Mariano Suarez-Battan, co-founder and CEO of MURAL. “LUMA has pioneered a different way to collaborate for over a decade, helping enterprise teams around the world innovate and do their best work together. As a part of MURAL, LUMA will help advance collaboration design, a new discipline that will level up how people work together. This acquisition is the first public step in our mission to support collaborative intelligence for the new hybrid workplace.”
LUMA created the LUMA System, a fundamental collection of design methods that Harvard Business Review called a “taxonomy of innovation.” The LUMA System provides a common language for collaboration and has been used by teams working at more than 3,000 organizations worldwide. Building on years of partnership between the two companies, the LUMA team will support MURAL’s deployment of the Collaboration Design Institute in late 2022, where the discipline of collaboration design will be taught and learned through self-service curriculum, cohort-based learning, certifications, and communities.
Collaboration design helps people connect and innovate together — building on a legacy of design thinking methods and facilitation expertise to move teams from ideas to action. Cultivating visual thinkers, developing relational intelligence, and creating psychological safety are critical elements of collaboration design. MURAL expects more than 250 million knowledge workers must develop collaboration design skills by 2025.
“As a company founded to help organizations innovate by transforming the way people work together, we’ve always been inspired by MURAL’s mission to transform enterprise collaboration,” said Chris Pacione, co-founder and CEO of LUMA. “This is the perfect opportunity for us to bring our pioneering approach to design and collaboration to the masses, and accelerate the formation and expansion of MURAL’s Collaboration Design Institute.”
The Collaborative Intelligence System™ connects teams to unlock their potential and increase the innovation capacity of enterprises, creating a culture of effective collaboration where everyone is connected, contributing, and empowered to deliver business-driving outcomes.
The Collaborative Intelligence System has three central components: the Collaboration Design Institute, Collaboration Spaces, and Collaboration Insights.
MURAL’s Collaborative Intelligence System offers teams and organizations an ever-growing toolkit of workflows and guided methods. These structured activities encourage both relational intelligence and problem solving while reducing bias and improving diversity of ideas. In addition, MURAL's thriving community of members and collaboration designers go beyond custom, on-demand service offerings to uplift and empower teamwork by sharing best practices, inspiration, and success stories. Finally, MURAL’s Collaborative Intelligence System is enterprise-grade, meeting the most stringent of IT and regulatory requirements.
Though it was only introduced recently, MURAL is already supporting practices of collaboration design at companies like Autodesk, SAP, IBM, and Intuit.
MURAL is a collaborative intelligence company. We connect teams to unlock their potential, increasing the innovation capacity of the enterprise. MURAL creates a culture of effective collaboration — where everyone is connected, contributing, and empowered to deliver business-driving outcomes. Try MURAL for free www.mural.co.
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LUMA Institute® is a recognized global leader that equips people to be collaborative problem solvers through its acclaimed learning experiences, digital resources, and certification programs. Founded in 2010, LUMA transforms how teams collaborate and innovate at enterprise scale. The LUMA Principle guides the company’s work by inviting people to Look carefully, Understand deeply, Make resourcefully, and Adapt accordingly. Organizations around the world rely on the LUMA System of Innovation, a modular and adaptive collection of design methods. LUMA has reached people in more than 140 countries on six continents through private innovation programs for enterprise clients, public workshops that are open to all, and a digital platform called LUMA Workplace®. Join us and let’s Make Things Better®.