The Big Middle

Ryan Child

Episode Summary

Check on Ya Mate with chess and chat to end social isolation

Episode Notes

One of the biggest issues or our time, across all ages, across much of the world, is the silent epidemic of loneliness. In our click + connect age, real life disconnection dominates. We’re living longer but too many of us are living in social isolation, cut off from family and friends, struggling to find a sense of worth, purpose, community. Our social needs aren’t being met.
My guest this week is Ryan Child, a young guy in the UK who’s not just recognised the problem - he’s doing something about it. He calls himself a playmaker at 5asidechess, which is - I am delighted to say -- the new sponsor of The Big Middle.


“In a way that they were teaching each other in the end...suddenly you’re seeing what we want.. to grow a network of people that care about other people. What is more compassionate than teaching something to someone else? Not much.”

“People want to tell their story...All we want is to have someone sit down and listen to what we’ve got to say. It’s very powerful.”


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