I’m wondering if we’re talking about Genesis here. I don’t feel this competitive and winner-takes-all vibe at all.
True, there is a limited budget, hence possibly some competition between proposals. That would be an objective, structural element, not specific to DAOs, but rather common to the on demand/gig economy. To be fair, we don’t live in a world of unlimited abundance, every organization works with a limited amount of resources, hence there’s always a form of competition towards these resources. It can be hidden. For instance, paid employees may not feel competing against each other as much as gig economy workers. But the competition is just as strong, it just takes place when there’s a new hire, instead of being replayed for each new gig (or in our case, a new proposal).
As far as Genesis is concerned, I feel that this objective layer of competitive mechanisms is largely balanced by the collaborative and inclusive mindset of the community. I certainly do not perceive any prejudice against females (but as a man, I might have missed some issues, so feel free to point me at them) or older participants (I tick this box). Actually, even though I’m not very active in Genesis, I’m checking in on a regular basis, catching up TG and Discourse, precisely because of the inclusive approach which encourages the expression of much more diverse perspectives than elsewhere.