there are two people at the table next to me at this coffeshop that i'm working from today.
One of them is trying to launch a nonprofit. He's young, good looking, well dressed. He's talking to an older woman who is helping him, advising him on all of this. She's about his parent's age, and I'm definitely getting an "old family friend" vibe from the conversation. And they're talking about resources to draw on, she's helping him with his launch party/fundraiser etc. Her big piece of advice: Don't pay people, and don't spend any of his own money. Raise money, and spend that money. It's good advice. But it also carries this assumption: that he has personal funds to spend.
And then he says this: "you know, a friend of mine's dad? he like owns the Boston Globe? So we could talk to them about [unintelligible]". And now she's talking about how she knows Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon's son and Tim Robbins might like to help them.
In other words, what's going to help them launch this thing is social relationships. And how do they come to have these relationships? They travel in the right circles. They know the right people. They live in the right places. This young good looking guy is now talking about how he ran into The Boss in an elevator. Class affects these social relationships. The more social a business is, the more likely class networks are to dominate it.
It's just another reminder that diversity (in this case, class diversity) is not a problem that belongs only to theatre.