Austin Kleon is an interesting dude with a bold openness that’s refreshing. In fact, every academic and engineering person on the planet needs to read his book. There’s this mindset that suggests a person can only be relevant if they’re purely innovative and come up with something totally new.
Austin busts through these ideas, demonstrating how rehash and integration become an artform all unto their own. Even the best artists have influences and there’s literally nothing new under the sun.
Kleon’s talk “Steal Like An Artist” is a creative manifesto based on 10 things he wish he’d heard when he was starting out. Austin is a writer and artist. He’s the author of Newspaper Blackout, a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. Austin’s talk was delivered as part of the TEDxKC presentation of TEDxChange.
“Steal Like An Artist” has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The Wall Street Journal. He speaks about creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW and The Economist. Check out the video of Austin’s TEDx talk below and buy the book!