[deepamehta-users] DeepaMehta Foundation is about to come

Urs Lerch mail at ulerch.net
Di Jul 22 23:25:52 CEST 2008


just to be precise: Legally, we're talking about a "Verein" and not
about a foundation.

As I'm told, you need 7 members to set up a "Verein", but only 3 to keep
it running. That means, there could be 4 part-time members until the
"Verein" is officially registered.

For the membership fee, that's a thing which has to be defined. For
example, the KDE project knows active members and extraordinary resp.
supporting members. Active members pay no membership fee but "donate"
their work. (For more details see
http://ev.kde.org/corporate/statutes.php.) I think that would be also a
good idea for DeepaMehta.

In my opinion Jörg could be a member, even if he will be paid by the
"Verein". I wouldn't take it as a good idea if he's in the board. But
that's my personal point of view. I'm no lawyer.


Am Dienstag, den 22.07.2008, 22:40 +0200 schrieb Jörg Richter:
> Dear DeepaMehta friends,
> Urs and I have for the past 6 weeks been brainstorming about how to 
> further DeepaMehta development, and Urs had the idea to set up a 
> foundation (Förderverein). The foundation should ensure that the 
> DeepaMehta project can develop side by side with the DeepaMehta GmbH. 
> The immediate concern is to generate funds so that Jörg (as main 
> developer) and possibly other developers can work on the DeepaMehta 
> project, while customer contracts could be taken on through the 
> DeepaMehta GmbH. The foundation would be complementary to the GmbH as a 
> non-profit organisation for people to make donations to.
> We welcome your suggestions and want to include you in our dialogue 
> from now on.
> In this correspondence the themes are 1) the set up of the foundation 
> and 2) its focus, goals and tasks:
> 1) Foundation set up
> As I understand it our foundation currently has three members: Andreas 
> G., Jörg, and Urs. A foundation needs at least 7 members.
> => I would hereby like to ask you if you would like to become a member 
> and in particular Annette, Jurij, Jürgen, Andreas W., Malte, and 
> Enrico.
> Question to you Urs, is,
> a) does it cost them anything and if so, how much, to become a member?
> b) is the membership paid once only or regularly, ie once a month.
> Another question is, what do you suggest would be Jörg's status and who 
> would be president? Can Jörg be a member if he is the main recipient of 
> the generated funds?
> 2) Focus, Goals, Tasks
> Focus: the immediate focus is to support the further and continual 
> development of DeepaMehta.
> (A future perspective for the foundation could be to encourage a 
> interdisciplinary dialogue about the human-machine relationship 
> i.e.organising symposiums.)
> Goal: to have supporters and sponsors
> Tasks: a) to find supporters b) marketing c) organisation.
> Who would take on these tasks resp. would coordinate the people doing 
> them?
> Regards,
> Jörg R.
> www.deepamehta.de
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