Bustling into Clover in Harvard Sq. in the early evening of November 3rd and scanning the faces there, you probably wouldn’t have noticed anything out of the ordinary. Maybe, if you’d been looking for it, you would have noticed a rather expansive gaggle of people on the central downstairs table. You might have even bothered to ponder why the gaggle was gathered so tightly despite the surrounding spare seats - but you probably wouldn’t have.
The members of the Boston Cooperative Investment Club do not immediately strike one as strange. Yet, if you talk to them, you realise that what they’re doing is quite extraordinary. The twenty or so people gathered round the table were all there as members, officers or interested parties of the BCIC, a club that raises money to invest in cooperatives and, as they say on their website, ‘organizations and associations that support cooperatives’.