Erik Forman is co-founder of The Drivers Cooperative, the first driver-owned rideshare platform cooperative in the United States, as well as People’s Choice Communications, the world’s first worker-owned ISP, launched by striking cable technicians. Before turning toward cooperative development as a strategy for system change, Erik was active in the labor movement for over 15 years, leading groundbreaking unionization campaigns in the fast food industry and conducting organizing trainings and workshops across the world.

Erik is pursuing a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He currently teaches at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies in New York City, and is a visiting fellow at the Mobility Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School.