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Young Alumni Magazine | June 1, 2012

blake fleischacker
Partner, The Acoustic Opera

Blake Fleischacker has been a TEDx conference host, a featured TEDx speaker and has shared the stage with CBC’s Rick Mercer. He is the author of Campus Gets Wasted and co-author of The Art and Science of Success.

Fleischacker spent nearly a decade living, learning and leading Western University residences as an advisor, don and manager. He lived with over 6,000 roommates in his university days.

Fleischacker is in tune with students and anyone who cares about student success. He uses music and message to address the needs of students at all levels. He provides ignition for students to do their best in every transition. He shares the power of positive peer pressure to combat that otherwise negative social force (peer pressure). He reminds everyone that building popularity is not as important as building community. By writing and speaking about opportunities and experiences that often get wasted during a student life, audience members leave his show with action steps to fully immerse in their schools and communities.

In addition to his career as an author and speaker, Fleischacker is one half of The Acoustic Opera with fellow Western grad David Anderson, BMus’08.

Fleischacker and Anderson tour schools throughout southern Ontario with a one-hour anti-bullying program using song, dance and storytelling. Their message is that weird is awesome.

The Acoustic Opera has been presented to schools in eight different boards with audiences from 30 to 500. Fleischacker and Anderson have plans for a sequel program and are creating curriculum materials to enable teachers to extend the program in the. They are also producing secondary school.

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