NORMAC is the only stand-alone secondary-school Model Arctic Council in the world today. Pupils play the roles of delegates from Arctic states and—unusually in model diplomacy—indigenous peoples. Their challenge is to negotiate consensus on some of the most pressing questions facing not only the Arctic and its communities, but by extension our world as a whole.
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Dr Anthony Speca is Managing Principal of Polar Aspect, a consultancy he founded in 2012. He has advised government particularly on issues of Arctic governance and fiscal policy. He has also published articles on Arctic issues, and he has spoken about the Arctic to various organisations and universities. He has lived and worked in Arctic Canada, and he has travelled in Greenland, Iceland, and the Arctic regions of Finland, Norway and Sweden. Inspired to share his experience of the Arctic with younger generations, in 2016 Anthony created and launched the world’s only secondary-school Model Arctic Council (MAC) programme. He has since offered MAC conferences annually in collaboration with schools in the UK and Spain, and he has now also launched an undergraduate MAC conference in collaboration with universities in the UK and Canada. He combines this innovative educational work with appointments to Norwich School in the UK, where he teaches Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Geography, and to Trent University in Canada, where he is Adjunct Professor of Canadian Studies.