Speaking at TedxKC

Speaker and New York Times best-selling author for hire

“Kleon isn’t a prototypical business guru—he’s an artist who has some fantastic insights about creativity.”
Business Insider

“Austin Kleon is positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet. Kleon makes an articulate and compelling case for combinatorial creativity and the role of remix in the idea economy.”
The Atlantic

Armed with my hand-drawn slides and a sense of humor, I love sharing my ideas about creativity in the digital age with folks around the country.

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Current Talks

steal like an artist

“How To Steal Like An Artist”

Nothing is completely original, and all creative work builds on what came before. Based on my best-selling book, Steal Like An Artist, this talk will teach you how to embrace influence, establish a creative lineage, and think of yourself as a mashup of what you let into your life.

“Show Your Work!”

Good work is all about process, yet we tend to only share the products of that process, and not the process itself. Learn how opening up and sharing your process brings you closer to your audience, adds value to your work, and makes you better at what you do.



“TEDx Talk: Steal Like An Artist,” Kansas City, 2012


“Steal Like An Artist,” UX Week, San Francisco, 2012


“Show Your Work!” Creative Mornings, Austin, Texas, 2013


“Steal Like A Writer,” WMCFest, Cleveland, 2012

Authors @ Google Talk
30-minute talk based on Steal Like An Artist that I gave at the Google office in San Francisco.

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Steal Like An Artist
Talk presented at The Economist’s Human Potential Summit in New York City.

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Chalk Talk
Footage of me talking about the concepts behind Steal Like An Artist while drawing them live with chalk.

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Censored Mother Goose Rhymes
Talk at The Encyclopedia Show in Austin, Texas, about my newspaper blackout poems and a very funny book from the 1920s.

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Upcoming Events

  • March 7, 2014
    SXSW Interactive Opening Keynote
    Austin, TX

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Photos courtesy of TEDxKC / korlowski12 and alaina_marie