Who we are

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We help you create


in your organization through

memorable experiences

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Graphic facilitation documents discussion
and makes complex ideas easy to understand

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Knowledge-rich environments
inspire visual thinking

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Collaborative workshops
drive alignment, buy-in, and results

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Immersive learning experiences
promote discovery and creativity

What We Do

Firework Creative Labs helps business leaders in complex, global organizations leverage creativity and collaboration to accelerate and adapt to change.

Burning Platform

We specialize in designing and delivering:


Collaborative workshops

to accelerate strategic planning and decision-making, align your people and focus your organizational efforts


Immersive learning experiences

for leadership development in creativity and innovation, collaboration, design thinking, and disruptive business trends


Visual communications

that resonate emotionally and depict complex and information-rich ideas both beautifully and memorably

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Experience & Talent

Our experience spans over ten years of collaborative problem solving and leadership development for Fortune 100 companies and their private equivalents.

Our network of talent is global and diverse. It includes:

  • A community of facilitators, designers, and researchers capable of supporting events and projects with as many as a thousand participants and as few as ten
  • Visual designers across a broad set of disciplines, including interactive design, animation, illustration, video, print, sculpture, installation art and theater
  • Our London-based partner company, Educated Change, which specializes in digital identity development. Educated Change partners with senior leadership to enhance their digital networks and reputations using their proprietary methodology, The Path and Process to Influence

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Our process is collaborative and high touch:

  1. Inquiry
  2. First, we ask questions and listen carefully. We value a deep understanding of your organization and culture, opportunity for change, and call to action.

  3. Co-Design
  4. Next, we partner with you as co-designers.  Your leadership and instinct drive the project while we offer insight and experience into how to leverage creativity and collaboration to help you grow your leadership, collaboratively solve strategic business challenges, and build alignment for effective and lasting change.

  5. Delivery
  6. We assemble and oversee a deeply experienced team of facilitators and creative talent to deliver your project anywhere in the world.

We recognize that as a leader you see a future for your organization that no one else does. Our job, which we love, is helping you make that vision a reality.

Areas of expertise

Collaborative Workshops & Events • Large Group Facilitation • Graphic Facilitation • Leadership Development Programs • Immersive Learning Experiences • Virtual Collaboration • Experiential Games • Business Scenario Exploration • Visual Communications • Graphic Design • Interactive Design • Applied Storytelling • Animation • Prezi

About Us

Our experience is distinctly multifaceted, spanning collaboration and design thinking, driving rapid growth in a startup environment, management consulting, advertising, and theatrical production.

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Managing directors, Ben Cikanek and Mike Klar began delivering collaborative solutions over ten years ago at Ernst & Young’s Accelerated Solutions Environment where they enjoyed rigorous training in Matt and Gail Taylor’s design thinking methodologies for exacting business transformation through collaboration. They have since designed and facilitated hundreds of sessions for Fortune 100 companies and their private equivalents.

Previously, Ben and Mike worked under visionary entrepreneur, Paul Budnitz, at the art toy company, Kidrobot. While overseeing the company’s operations and retail business, Ben launched Kidrobot’s apparel line in collaboration with Barneys New York, built store galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and London, and opened The Kidrobot Room in Toronto, a nightclub filled with larger-than-life-sized toys.

Mike oversaw Kidrobot.com, expanding web sales and nurturing intense brand loyalty through unique virtual experiences across the company’s social media channels, website and the popular Kidrobot blog which he originated.

Ben began his career as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young, while Mike started as an Art Director with Saatchi & Saatchi, developing web apps in the early days of eCommerce for global clients like General Mills, Proctor & Gamble, and Kodak.

Presently, Ben and Mike are also co-Artistic Directors at Firework Theater where they have staged eight plays on the New York stage, two of which were written by Ben, four directed by Mike.

Drop Us a Line

Give us a ring at (212) 858-0460 or send us a quick note with your contact info and we'll get right back to you.


© 2019 Firework Labs
605 Bloomfield Ave, Suite 2
Montclair, NJ 07042
(212) 858-0460