I came across an European project called D-CENT. I am not entirely convinced by their approach, because I find it too artefact-based (and they do admit they are struggling to onboard communities), but they are smart people and I may be wrong. More importantly, they seem to be very keen on the federated model that @Pavlik elf is constantly advocating. I even think you know some of them, Elf. You have probably met Dyne.org somewhere, right?
Maybe there is something there that Edgeryders could use without gutting itself? Any thought?