I’ve delivered several talks in my hometown in Detroit, as well as spoken on stages across the United States, in Italy and in Australia. Check out a sampling of appearances below.
frank Conference, 2018:
Talks at Google, 2018:
Embedded Spotify playlist of podcast appearances:
Embedded YouTube playlist of talks and media appearances:
“How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass,” (Belt Publishing, 2015)
Are you moving to Detroit because your rent is too high? Did you read somewhere that all you needed to buy a house was the change in your couch cushions? Are you terrified to live in a majority-black city? Welcome to Detroit! And welcome to the guidebook that you coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, unwitting gentrifiers, idealistic starter-uppers and curious onlookers desperately need. “How to Live In Detroit Without Being a Jackass” offers advice on everything from how to buy and rehab a house to how not to sound like an uninformed racist. Let us help you avoid falling into the “jackass” trap and become the productive, healthy Detroiter you’ve always wanted to be.
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“The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook,” (Belt Publishing, 2017)
Detroiters need to get to know their neighbors better. Wait — maybe that should be, Detroiters should get to know their neighborhoods better. It seems like everybody thinks they know the neighborhoods here, but because there are so many, the definitions become too broad, the characteristics become muddled, the stories become lost. Edited by Aaron Foley, The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook contains essays by Zoe Villegas, Drew Philip, Hakeem Weatherspoon, Marsha Music, Ian Thibodeau, and dozens of others.
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Hi folks! You’ve probably stumbled upon this page looking for me through a Google search. Here’s what’s new.
In August 2019, I began a 10-month residency at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. I will be here in Palo Alto, CA, until June of 2020.
I served as the City of Detroit’s chief storyteller — the first in the country — from March 2017 until I began my Stanford fellowship. I’m still happy to talk about this experience if you ask.
Books! Yes, “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass” was first released in December 2015 (the green cover) and a second, updated edition (the white cover) in October 2018. In between those two was “The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook” in August of 2017. Happy to talk about those as well.
Freelance projects? Thoughts on Detroit? Consulting/commentary/just want to chat? Sure, let’s talk. I can be reached at aaronkfoley(at)gmail(dot)com.