Dan MacCombie, along with Tyler Gage, co-founded RUNA Tea, a tea company centered around the guayusa leaf, which is grown Ecuador, contains caffeine, and has about twice as many antioxidants as green tea leaves. Although the company started as a conservation, development, and social enterprise opportunity, it rapidly developed into a significant beverage brand. RUNA Tea created a system that has planted hundreds of thousands of guayusa trees in sustainable forest gardens, supports over 3,000 farmers in 80 communities, and is creating a new model for sustainable economic development in the Amazon. Dan has recently transitioned to a role as an advisor and board member for RUNA, while he refocuses his work on reconnecting people, livelihoods, ecosystems, and communities. Currently, MacCombie is working on two projects: One project to build an ecologically focused retreat in upstate New York that allows people to connect through nature, community, and culture and another project in Queens, New York to build a comprehensive vision for a gathering space that will connect technology partners, jobs, resources, and community in a way that can re-envision the way urban spaces are planned and built.
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Date(s) - 03/15/2016