I recently moved to Washington, DC and similarly to many other planners I am unemployed. While trying to figure out the best way to land a job, I've been filling my days with informational interviews, volunteering, and all of that fun stuff. A thought came to my mind yesterday and I'm trying to see if anyone else would be interested or tried something along these lines.
While we're unemployed its important to continue learning and network, which leads me to my point. I'd like to get a group of unemployed/underemployed planners together to form some type of consulting team. The purposes would be to provide experience, meet a variety of players, and help each other through the times.
I haven't thought out a full plan, but I first wanted to see if anyone would be interested. Realistically there would be little, if any, money to be made as I'd like to pitch the team's services to BID's. non-profits, etc. I think these groups would be interested in a cheap service to help them with planning/economic development issues. The specifics certainly need to be worked on, but I am confident it would be good experience for those looking to get back in the field or even those at the beginning of their careers.
Please let me know your thoughts or if you are interested in talking further about it.