Steps to creating a foundation
Everyone's agreed that Diaspora needs a foundation in order to move forward, and Maxwell and Dan have stated that they're very keen for this to happen and to hand over 'ownership' of the project to the foundation once it's set up.
I thought it would be worth starting a discussion on:
What practical steps need to be taken in order to set up a foundation?
What are the barriers to setting up a foundation?
It could be that the answer to 2 is currently 'No one knows how to set up a foundation' and to 1 'Find out what steps need to be taken'. It would certainly be worth finding out exactly what we know, and what we need to do to get things moving.
It may well be that it would be useful to put out a call for experts in this field using the Diaspora HQ account, to get community experts involved.
One thing to think about: a couple of years ago the discussions seemed to be centred around complex legal matters involved in setting up a foundation and mentioned 'a lot of time and money needed in order to set up a foundation'. Now that the founders are no longer at the heart of the project, does the foundation actually need to be based or registered in USA? It might be that setting it up in another country would make things a lot simpler and cheaper.