In the late 1970’s families spent 75 minutes at the dinner table, and today that time has decreased to 12 minutes; Kristin Schell, social entrepreneur and CEO of The Turquoise Table is on a mission to change that.

Kristin Schell; The Turquoise Table - Community and Connection

Kristin Schell began her Speaker Series with two questions;

1) What does community mean to you?

2) What do you love most about the place you call home?

After spending almost five years in her current home, Schell felt an overwhelming sense of disconnect with her neighbors and community. She stated that her “sense of place didn’t feel right.” A BBQ over the weekend at her house led to a picnic table in the front yard. Upon seeing the table, Schell knew her purpose. She painted the table her favorite color, turquoise, and sat outside with her morning coffee, laptop, art supplies, and whatever else would make her look somewhat busy. Within hours she met a neighbor and it soon became a gathering spot for the entire community. Her turquoise table developed into a place where everyday neighbors can become extraordinary friends.

Since its birth, The Turquoise Table has grown from her front yard to an international community. Today, tables are found in all 50 states and more than 10 countries. Some are painted purple, yellow, and pink, but the color of the table does not matter, it’s the people seated around it.

For the first chapter of Kristin Schell’s book The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard – text TABLE to 444999

For more information on The Turquoise Table – View Schell’s video here


Written by Kinsley Fisher


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