I think the best proposed solution so far to the community paralysis issue has been Lodewijk's idea of a "Volunteer Council", taken up by Sue here as a recommendation for this task force.
The Volunteer Council would of course be a broadbrush multi-project Wikimedia group, though, and we would have to look at more specific, possibly analogous, arrangements to deal with issues affecting individual projects such as the English Wikipedia.
It would be great if someone could actually articulate what the Volunteer Council idea is: What purpose it would serve, and so forth. If there are links to existing information on this, could you post them to Volunteer Council? Thanks!