The full name of fedi.foundation stands for Federated Diversity Foundation. The idea is to give body to the two slogans adopted by SocialHub:
- United in Diversity
- Social Networking Reimagined
I started the initiative because I became aware of the brittleness of the fediverse as a whole, and the lack of community collaboration to make fedi stronger and tap into its full potential. I wrote several articles on that, including in this forum: The Fediverse Saga: How Shall We Conquer Our Challenges?
Recently I came upon a great article and tooted an important quote from it:
“Any decentralized [ecosystem] requires a centralized substrate, and the more decentralized the approach is the more important it is that you can count on the underlying system.”
And I think this is vital. One of the objectives of Fedi Foundation is to create a bridge and a smooth road from any fedizen towards the deepest technical levels where the stuff is created on which we all stand. There’s this gap - frequently complained about by many people - of techbro’s being out of touch or vice versa. Community is vital, and we are all part of that, everyone technical or non-technical.
Right now federated app development is kind of this individualistic effort, where each app stands on its own. Their devs are enthusiastic about the app first and foremost, and then as afterthought broader federation is crammed in. That entails mostly adding Microblogging features. But that is so limited. It is by no means “Social Networking Reimagined”.
The Fedi Foundation in the About page proposes a tiered organization, where from fedizen to foundation there’s a kind of an ‘onboarding path’ that will allow people to become ‘community active’ on all the aspects that are important for fedi evolution.
Social Coding Initiative
This is a good time to mention another initiative that was started a couple days ago: SocialCoding Initiative. This is still in prep, but we intended to approach Fediverse Town too, before public announcement.
Social coding is a new paradigm of “united software development” that is dedicated to bridging the gap between technical and non-technical folks on the fediverse. We want to make it really easy to start Communities and Projects where anyone can participate in whatever way they want. This starts with Ideation, and we’ll focus on having IdeationHubs on the fedi.
BTW, The domain this will be on is:
coding.social and I created a proposal to have this initiative under the fedi foundation umbrella.