Greetings and welcome to Paper Beats Rock

What’s in a name?

Shakespeare’s questioning title remains a value held today; what something actually is matters far more than its label. However, with that said, it’s worth explaining the logic behind this blog’s title.

As is typical for many, the game rock-paper-scissors was a staple of my childhood–an efficient and effective means of decision making and a thoroughly entertaining competitive game of prediction. What has delighted me throughout my personal history of living and working outside of the U.S. is the universality of this simple game. Despite common barriers of communication, everywhere I have visited rock-paper-scissors is well understood. As an educator,  this method of conflict resolution has been especially useful in the classroom: “you both want to write with the single red marker? Rock-paper-scissor for who gets to.” Simple. Efficient. Universal.

What paper beats rock reminds me is that despite our myriad of differences, be it income inequality, gender, race, language, education, etc., people are all simply that, people. We’re all here on this strange planet together and, somehow, we must find a way to make it work. I believe through focusing on the pillars of sustainable development–social inclusion, shared economic well-being , responsible care of our environment, and fair governance –we can, indeed, do better than simply make it work, we can thrive.

Paper Beats Rock is, at its core, a blog intent on sharing observations from my life working and traveling around the world while maintaining a focus on progress–sustainable development– and interesting things I’ve learned (TIL) along the way that have enriched my understanding of our world and may benefit you as well.

Greetings and welcome to Paper Beats Rock.

Stay gold,

Chelsea Marie Hicks