Considering solutions to the big questions facing Sarasota, the world, and the United States today.

We regularly post thought pieces on all topics listed above in the menu. Postings are a blend of original and republished writings from the Sarasota Institute’s Founding Members, Members, and curated writings from others that are important to share.


Sarasota Institute, founded 2017

Important News



The Sarasota Institute is completely changing our membership. We believe that large in person symposiums will not be a viable option until at least 2022, if then. Our memberships up until COVID-19 were based upon attending 4-5 in person symposiums in the Neel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota-Bradenton. Those memberships were $250 per person per 12-month period. For those members we have extended membership through 12/31/21 at no additional cost or an additional 12-18 months of membership.


This will allow our global supporters to become members as many have requested

New Membership costs and benefits:


Annual membership is $125 per person per year from date of sign-up. This now opens up membership to all those not in Florida to be able to be members.


Membership includes:


  • 10 monthly webinars, one on each of our 10 topics. Members can attend live or access behind membership wall at any time
  • 2 virtual symposiums of 2-two hour blocks of programming each on a specific day. Again members can attend live or watch later
  • Free Whitepapers behind membership wall. These will be published and sold to non-members
  • Podcasts
  • 10% discount on any contracted advisory or consulting work by Sarasota Institute.
upcoming  webinars & virtual symposiums

We will produce 10 monthly webinars

One for each of the topics at the top of this page – and two virtual symposiums in 12 months. All Webinars will be held on the first Thursday of every month, starting in September 2020.  Topics will get booked when we have the global thought leaders scheduled to participate These will be available to join or view only if you are an Institute member.

Next Webinar: A Post-Election Look at the Future of Democracy

Thursday 12/3 at 2-3:30 EST




  • Are America’s democratic institutions stronger or weaker aftet 11/3, why?
  • How might they and the two-party system change in the next 10-20 years, why?
  • It is not a red state/ blue state any longer
  • What is the current and near future status of Democracy look like globally?


Members Register Here


Sarasota Institute Members Only!


Not a Member? Sign-up today!


[Notice: The previously posted panelists, Casey Welch and Charles Cooper, both had to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances.]


Philip Kotler

S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

View Philip's Bio


Kent M. Harrington

President and Managing Director / Harrington Group LLC

View Kent's Bio


Panelist, Host:


David Houle

Co-Founder, Managing Director, The Sarasota Institute

Futurist, Author

View David's Bio
Future Webinars

Global Natural Resources


A Post-Election Look at the Future of Democracy



Virtual Symposiums


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Symposium Highlights

Here are highlights of the first two, live symposiums we produced at the Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, FL

“An Educated Person in 2035”

The Neel Performing Arts Center

State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL

Date: 1/18/20



Click here to watch the entire stream

“A Leap Year Look at Climate Change”

The Neel Performing Arts Center

State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL

Date: 2/29/20



Click here to watch the entire stream


Provocative, Forward Thinking Whitepapers will be free to members. The first whitepaper called “The Big Issues” which takes a summary look at our 10 chosen topics will always be free to anyone who wishes to download it. We highly recommend you do so to get a good sense of how we think and what we see ahead this decade and century.


Here are the three most recent columns from TSI.

Anyone can read these for free whether a member or not.


Next Webinar: A Post Election Look at the Future of Democracy

We are excited to announce that our latest webinar will take a look at the future of democracy post the 11/3 election.  We are assembling a great panel of thought leaders in the area of democracy and politics.  This will NOT be about post-mortems on the election or about either party.  Instead we will look […]


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Latest Webinar just scheduled! Global Natural Resources

In continuing our series of monthly webinars, we are proud to announce the webinar for November. On Thursday November 5 from 2-3:30p eastern time US we will present Global Natural Resources   The three speakers will be Christopher Tucker Chairman, The American Geographic Society Speaker, Author, “A Planet of 3 Billion   Timothy Rumage Planetary […]


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Our Next Webinar is One Week from Today!

  On Thursday October 22, 2020 we will be putting on “The New Health Age of the 21st Century”.  It will last for 90 minutes from 2p-3:30 east coast time U.S.   To sign up you must be a member. If you are a member, please go to , review the program and then […]


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