Third Annual Paul and Joyce Aicher Award Ceremony

Joyce Wong
December 18, 2019

On December 5, 2019, we celebrated Arthur Johnson and Happy Johnson, leaders of the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) in New Orleans, LA, as the recipients of the third annual Paul and Joyce Aicher Award.  

This award honors an individual and/or organization whose work advances democracy through creating inclusive dialogue for collective action, addressing structural racism and other social inequities, and making meaningful impact in individuals, communities, and institutions. Arthur Johnson and Happy Johnson’s work focuses on coastal rehabilitation, environmental justice, and increasing food security to rebuild an equitable, sustainable, and resilient community in the Lower Ninth Ward. Their outstanding commitment to cultivating a healthy, racially equitable democracy through community engagement stood out among more than 60 nominations from around the country. As Martha McCoy, Executive Director of Everyday Democracy said, "Arthur Johnson and Happy Johnson provide inspirational models of the kind of leadership we need, so that we can address critical climate issues in inclusive, sustainable ways."

Paul and Joyce Aicher’s generosity and legacy in empowering communities and community leaders to practice deliberative democracy for meaningful change lives on with this award. Their passion and creativity inspired the development of the dialogue guides, facilitation training, and community coaching that Everyday Democracy continues to provide to many communities and institutions across the country.

Peter Aicher, the son of Paul and Joyce Aicher and Martha McCoy, Executive Director of Everyday Democracy presented the award to Arthur Johson.






















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