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‘J point’ is short for junction point - the point of connection where ideas, issues, approaches, and action come together. Here, deep analytical expertise is forged into tools for solving layered and emergent issues on the ground - issues like pandemic adaptation, which requires systematic understanding of people, organizations, and their environment.

Whether you’re starting or evolving a purpose-centered business, organization, or project, or trying to tell a story that drives meaningful change in the world, JPoint Collaborative can help.

Research

A rich understanding that is grounded in literature, best practices, and human experience.
  • Qualitative + quantitative primary research
  • Scholarly literature reviews
  • Research → practice

Strategy

Frameworks for setting course and flexibly managing activities to ensure demonstrable results.
  • Strategic foresight
  • Portfolio-of-initiatives approach
  • Criteria-based resourcing

Design

A fat Design Thinking toolkit to turn a strategic vision into an executable reality.
  • Branding + identity
  • Message design
  • Visual communication

Execution

Tools and techniques to foster a fulfilling (and even fun!) team effort.
  • Project management coaching
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) principles
  • Team morale + performance hacks

Recent Work

Where there's smoke...there's help

The team at JPoint Collaborative recently supported Emerge Technologies and the California Department of Health in putting together a comprehensive set of guidelines on how to deal with wildfire smoke. The document is available here, and while it was designed for California audiences, its up-to-date information is applicable to anyplace wildfire smoke spreads. The guide’s crisp design and concise language features what JPoint does best: effective communication design for the most difficult topics and situations.

 

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Adapting to the Coronavirus Pandemic

This highlight reel features clips from a recent panel session for the CLEAN 2020 Summit - a multidisciplinary convening of experts from across the world to address COVID-19 challenges. Watch the complete session here.

Applying Behavioral Science in a Crisis

In this article in Psychology Today, Destiny explores how behavioral science can help us weather and adapt to various risks in our environment - from natural hazards to public health threats.

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Out of the Fire and Into the Flood

For the past 15 years, Destiny has engaged in research and risk communication efforts related to both wildfire and flood risk. More recently, she supported FEMA in designing materials to address the combination risk of Flood After Fire.

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Promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Destiny has designed and executed DE&I-related projects across academic, business, and faith-based settings since 2010. She is currently working with two organizational teams to incorporate DE&I principles into church operations and nonprofit strategy, respectively.

What is the JPoint Collaborative?

The ‘collaborative’ in our name refers both to how we work with our clients, and how our business operates internally. We employ an interdisciplinary, non-traditional, non-hierarchical approach to solving problems across and between fields and silos. We work closely with our clients to co-create solutions that work in the real world, providing the structures and background to help our clients think through what they want to accomplish, and how best to get there, while incorporating inputs from multiple sources at every step.

Taken in part from models like the artist collective and employee-managed manufacturing, a collaborative provides an alternative, equity-centered way to work on today’s biggest challenges. We provide our ‘collaborators’ (experienced consultants with a range of capabilities) with the creative flexibility to learn, grow, cross-pollinate, and test new ideas in a supportive team environment that enables our clients to best meet the moment. Contact us if you would like to learn more about the collaborative model.


Collaborative Capabilities

Environmental Risk

  • Risk perception, communication, behavior change
  • Physical + human dimensions of natural hazards

Decision + Action

  • Behavioral science
  • Communications
  • Organizational behavior

Solution Development + Communication

  • Human-centered design
  • Visual facilitation
  • Storytelling

Program Infrastructure

  • Project management
  • Business process & tool development
  • Performance management

Collaborators


Destiny Aman
any/all pronouns
Founder + CEO


Destiny has been described as a “Swiss Army Knife” of tools and expertise. She is a nerd of many things - especially for making difficult and complex topics understandable and approachable. She brings a playful enthusiasm to her work, and she cares a lot about people.

Holding a Masters degree in geography and All But Dissertation (ABD) for her Ph.D., Destiny has over 20 years of experience designing and executing projects that put research into practice. An engaging storyteller, she has been invited to speak on topics ranging from pandemic communication, to improving participation in flood insurance programs, to wildfire communication, environmental change, and designing for the public good.

Kate Hochstein
she/her/hers
Partner + COO


Kate’s expertise goes beyond that of a traditional manager. She’s more like a team captain – encouraging and guiding from alongside and never shying away from throwing in to get the job done.

Kate holds her MBA from UNC Chapel Hill, has her Project Management Professional Certification from PMI, and has over a decade of experience managing complex projects. She has served as the program/contract manager for multiple multi-million dollar prime contracts for several Federal agencies, coordinating several subcontracting firms and over 100 team members. In part for that work, Kate was honored as an AAPI Next Generation National Security & Foreign Policy Leader.

Beyond her enthusiasm for spreadsheets and org charts, Kate also appreciates winning the occasional overly-competitive game of squash.

Get In Touch

Businesses, organizations, and institutions: Tell us about the sticky problems you’re looking to solve, the direction you want to set, the next story you want to tell. Schedule a consultation to discuss how JPoint Collaborative can help your team meet this remarkable moment.

Independent consultants: JPoint will be looking to add experienced collaborators to the team over the next six months. Contact us to learn more about Collaborative structure and benefits and to be updated when seats are available. Priority capabilities sought:
  • Project management, business operations, execution
  • Data analysis & visualization
  • Stakeholder engagement, network mapping & activation, voluntary associations
  • Public health communications