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Dal LaMagna and Responsible Capitalism

Dal is currently working as a responsible capitalist activist. He is an major funder and active Trustee of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute which awards MBA's in Sustainable Business. With his friends Wally Carbone and Carla S. Reuben he has written Raising Eyebrows, A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right. The book is designed to inspire people to start and operate a small business while doing it responsibly.

Dal and Iraq
During the Bush Administration, Dal has been a progressive activist concentrating on stopping the violence against U.S. troops and Iraqis in Iraq.  He is an executive producer of four feature length Iraq War movies:  The Ground Truth, The War Tapes, Iraq For Sale.   and Meeting Resistance.

Dal has participated in two meetings with members of the Iraq Parliament and others in Amman, Jordan.  The first meeting, in August 2006, was comprised of a peace delegation where he and 15 other peace activists –on a mission to listen the Iraqi voices -- met with Iraqi members of Parliament, sheiks, and torture survivors. The second meeting occurred when he accompanied Congressman Jim McDermott of Washington State. Dal produced video presentations from both of these meetings and is using them to help educate members of the U.S. Congress and other Americans as to the Iraqi perspective on the war.    In March of this year, Dal produced a live video conference between members of the U.S. Congress and Members of the Iraq Parliament.    

Government and Education

He the founder of the Progressive Government Institute (PGI), a non-partisan, educational organization dedicated to ensuring transparency and accountability in the executive branch of the United States federal government.   In 2005, he merged this organization with the Backbone Campaign.

Dal ran for U.S. Congress twice in the 3rd Congressional District in New York as the Democratic and Green candidate in 1996 and 2000, respectively and is currently running for President in the 2008 Democratic Primary.  During the 2006 federal elections, Dal served as an active chair of Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell’s re-election campaign.

Dal received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1971 and his master’s in public administration in 2002 from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was named a Littauer Fellow.   He graduated from Providence College in 1968 and played on their basketball team as a freshman.  He spent his junior year abroad at the University of Fribourg Switzerland.  His earlier educational days were spent at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, the Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, and Saint Clare’s in the Rosedale section of Queens.

Business Acumen

Dal LaMagna is also known as Tweezerman.  He founded the company in 1980 and built it into a multi-national, premier personal care tool brand that practices responsible capitalism. Part of the company’s mission is to benefit all stakeholders -- including financial partners, employees, customers, vendors, the community and the natural environment. While at Tweezerman, Dal traveled throughout the world extensively.  He also co-founded a Tweezerman India a factory located in Pondicherry, India.   

Dal sold Tweezerman, U.S.A.  ; in December of 2004 and also sold his share of Tweezerman, India in 2005 to Zwilling J.A. Henckels Company, a privately held German company that continues the practice of responsible capitalism.  Dal’s U.S.A. employees kept their jobs and shared $10 million dollars in capital gains because each one was a shareholder in the company.   Dal’s India employees kept their jobs and received a half year’s salary as a gift from Dal and his two partners when the transaction completed.


Dal is a long standing member of the Social Venture Network (SVN), a group of responsible capitalists promoting social and economic justice through their businesses.  He served on its Advisory Board of Directors for two years.

He is on the board of directors of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, an MBA program that is “Changing Business for Good.”   Part of the BGI program includes the Dal LaMagna Responsible Capitalism series.  Dal also serves on the board for The Center For Congress, Yes Magazine, Tweezerman Corporation, and Icestone.   He is a founding partner of and a blogger at The Huffington Post and serves on the Dean’s Council for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  


Dal is a supporter of numerous progressive activist organizations including: Responsible Wealth, CodePink,  The League of Young Voters, UFPA United for Peace and Justice, , Business Leaders For Sensible Priorities (BLSP),  the Drug Policy Alliance, the Center for Economic Policy and Research,  The Nation Institute,  Momma’s House, The Rockridge Institute, the Center For Partnership Studies, Gold Star Families For Peace, the Campaign For America’s Future, the Center for Independent Media,  Mount Desert Island Laboratory, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Washington State Progress Alliance.

Dal currently lives in Poulsbo, Washington and maintains a second home in Washington, D.C. He has two children:  a daughter, 29, and a son, 21.

Blog Entries by Dal LaMagna

Another Great Small Business Investment: Mamma Chia

0 Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 11:03 AM

Though I am still suffering from my addiction to trading in the stock market (see my twitter feed to follow my compulsive trading), I continue to celebrate Small Business Week by announcing my recent investments in small business. I have found and invested in another new small business...

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How I'm Celebrating Small Business Week

0 Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 6:30 PM

It's slipping under the radar with all the news out of Washington the last several days, but this week is the 48th Annual Small Business Week. And as we continue to look for ways out of the economic mess we're in as a nation, it's worth calling attention...

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Dear Graduate

0 Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 9:53 AM

Your studies are complete, and as you start the mad dash to find a post-grad job, I hope you don't mind me offering a piece of advice that you may not have considered:

Now is one of the best times in your life to start a business.

One of...

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Show Me the Love

0 Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 9:38 AM

I, and I believe a majority of Americans, are delighted to see that the banks, insurance companies and auto manufacturers which were so recently bailed out by the U. S. tax payer are doing so well. It seems like only yesterday they were threatening to die and bring down Western...

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Financing Your Dream Business

0 Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 9:32 AM

There has never been a better time to start a business than right now. To help revive our nation's economy, one of the most patriotic acts you can do is to create a job for yourself -- and eventually for others too.

Many Americans have big dreams, but they don't...

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Google Drops $48. I'm Pissed.

0 Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 10:53 PM

Let's start with the fact that I own 5,000 shares of Google.

Google makes 18% more money on 27% more sales the first quarter of 2011 than the first quarter of 2010 -- and Wall Street takes the value of the stock down $48!

What...

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Take Care of Your Employees and They Will Take Care of You

0 Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 1:04 PM

As chronicled in my book Raising Eyebrows, A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right, from the beginning of Tweezerman, the company that became my big success, I was empowering my employees.

My story included me being exploited by powerful men whose orbit I had fallen...

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Saving Gaddafi

0 Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 9:26 AM

Since the uprisings in the Middle East and the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis have pushed the problems of the American worker and the U.S. economy off the news, I feel compelled as someone who was deeply involved in the Iraq War to stake out my position...

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Thank You Republicans For Guantanamo

0 Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 7:41 AM

Guantanamo is a situation created by Republicans, solutions for which are opposed by Republicans and used by Republicans as another unfair charge against Obama.

The Bush administration used a piece of a foreign country from which the host nation has been trying to evict us for over...

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Yeah Unions!

0 Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:46 PM

If you are wondering why the right to collective bargaining is so important for union workers here is a story about my father.

My dad, Aldo, was a Longshoreman in Brooklyn from 1955 to 2001. In 1978 when the shippers wanted to containerize the docks they were going to...

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"Hail Mary" or "Hail Arianna"?

0 Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 4:36 PM

Ken Auletta at the New Yorker is saying that the AOL acquisition of the Huffington Post is Tim Armstrong's "Hail Mary" pass for AOL. Since yesterday's announcement AOL's stock has been failing towards its yearly lows of $19.52 now at $20.50 as I write this. I say this...

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My Worst Mistakes in Business

0 Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 10:27 AM

Now is always the best time to do something. Moreover, there has never been a better time to start a business. People are fed up with the large corporate take over of our economy. Given a choice, most would rather do business with their neighbor than some company that vacuums...

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Responsible Capitalists at Bishop Loughlin High School

0 Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 4:50 PM

Recently I was asked to teach an hour-long class to seniors at my Brooklyn-based high school alma mater, Bishop Loughlin, for career day. I agreed to do it, thinking I might inspire some young people to start and operate their own small business, as I myself had done at their...

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Running a Business in Your Own Yard

0 Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 3:40 PM

As my book, Raising Eyebrows: A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right (John Wiley & Sons) hits the bookstores, I thought I would share some practical advice for running and starting a low-cost, no-overhead business with the other compulsive capitalists out there. It's a business anyone with extra...

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An Interview with Iraq MP Mohammed al-Dayni After His Arrest and Escape

0 Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 10:19 AM

In June, I had the opportunity to interview Mohammed al-Dayni, an elected member of the Council of Representatives to the Iraqi Parliament and a collaborator of mine in an effort to negotiate a cease fire between Iraqi insurgents and the Coalition forces, who is now charged...

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Mohammed al-Daini is Still Missing

0 Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 7:05 PM

It has been 19 days since I first reported the situation of Iraqi Member of Parliament, Mohammed al-Daini. His nephew and bodyguard had been picked up. Then using their confessions, the Iraq Government charged Mohammed with being responsible for the April 12, 2007 suicide bombing in the Parliament cafeteria....

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Where is Mohammed al-Daini? [Updated]

0 Comments | Posted March 6, 2009 | 10:45 AM

The United States may be leaving Iraq, but we should not be abandoning the Iraqi people. Particularly those who have put their lives on the line to rebuild their country in peace. Particularly someone like Mohammed al-Daini, a member of the Iraqi Parliament and critic of the Maliki government who...

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Time to Make a Difference

0 Comments | Posted May 9, 2008 | 12:20 PM

Are you feeling frustrated? Would you like to get involved somehow in this Presidential campaign beyond writing a check for your favorite candidate?

Do you have some time and skills that might be employed to increase the probability that the next President's administration is comprised of the "best and...

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Interview with Auf Al-Rawi - The Internet Gives Hope to the World

0 Comments | Posted August 24, 2007 | 9:05 AM

If we did not have the Internet, the world would be falling into tyranny, rather than out of it. As the mega corporations gobble up all of the mainstream media outlets in the United States, the American people only hear the news that serves the corporate interest. (Today very few...

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The Moment of Truth for the Iraqi Nationalists

0 Comments | Posted August 23, 2007 | 2:50 PM

August 23, 2007

Bush says Iraqi government should do more, but its future is up to Iraq's people.

In Amman, Iraqi Nationalists were cheering. In Baghdad, Iraqis were shooting their guns into the sky celebrating what they read as a seismic shift in U.S. support of the despised Maliki Government....

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