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

Six to eight times a year we will have symposiums addressing our 10 chosen topics.  In addition, we will publish thought pieces on all of these topics on a regular basis.  We aren’t about politics or present issues, but rather face the future at this critical time for humanity.


Sarasota Institute, founded 2017



The Sarasota Institute’s last in-person symposium, entitled “A Leap Year Look at Climate”, was on February 29, 2020.  We might have been the first entity in the U.S. to cancel events, when, on Monday March 2 we cancelled our two remaining in-person symposiums.  The world soon followed.  All TSI programs were moved to being held on-line and we were actually able to double our membership.


During this time, it became clear that transitioning TSI to a non-profit organization was needed in order to sustain the Institute.  So in December 2020 we applied for our nonprofit status.  In the Spring of 2021 we received our confirmation from the IRS.  We are now a 501(c)(3) and donations to TSI are tax deductible.




We will begin hosting live, in-person symposiums every month from October 2021 through April 2022 and possibly a few throughout next summer.  The TSI symposiums will be held on the campus of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in their brand-new performing arts theater that seats 150 guests. In addition, we plan to have smaller events in the College’s brand new technology center, which includes a start-up incubator.


Every symposium or event the Institute presents will be filmed, edited and posted on our website for TSI members who were not able to attend or live outside Florida.


We have created new membership prices.  One membership will be for local members who can attend our in-person events and one membership will be for on-line, virtual global members.  Discounted tickets will be available for active students from local high schools and our regional higher education institutions.


White Papers will be published on the 10 topics that we think are of greatest significance for the future of humanity in the 21st century.  Our focus is to provide unique solutions to these 10 big issues confronting humanity.  See the list of topics at the top of our website.





There are currently eleven TSI podcasts available on this website. We anticipate the number of TSI podcasts will continue to increase throughout the year.  Our podcasts are now available on all major podcast platforms for free downloading. (Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google podcasts, etc.)


We are in the process of updating the TSI website.  Our goal is to create a user-friendly site and to provide additional benefits to all of our members.


In the next two months we will begin to offer these new memberships with full details.  What other 21st Century Think Tank could you become a member of that is purely focused on the big things facing humanity in the next few decades?  That is not partisan; conservative or liberal?  That is not beholden to corporations? That is focused purely on what is ahead in this historic decade?


What humanity does now in the 2020’s will set our trajectory through at least 2050 if not for the entire century.


Stay tuned!



Upcoming In-Person Symposium



This event is available for Local Members only (Sarasota Institute Local Membership), with a seat capacity for 135 members, and 15 seats for students.


For attendance at the October 24th TSI in-person symposium, it will be mandatory to provide proof of full vaccination PRIOR to October 24th and have a ticket to enter. Masks will be strongly encouraged.



Sunday October 24th 2p-4p EST



2021 is the year when the apocalyptic realities of the climate crisis are being fully manifested.  What was not supposed to happen for decades is happening now.  Why? How? What to do?  What must be done by 2030?


We will have three speakers and a panelist participating in this symposium.  First, Futurist and Author David Houle presents the big five things that must be done.  Then Tim Rumage, Planetary Ethicist and Head, Environmental Studies at Ringling College presents the 2021 Quarter Master’s report for Spaceship Earth.  Then Christopher Tucker, the Chairman and CEO of the American Geographical Society presents his “A Planet of 3 Billion” analysis on why humanity will need to lower its global population this century. Our panelist Bob Bunting is the CEO of the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Center.



Speakers and Panelist


David Houle

Managing Director, The Sarasota Institute

Author, Entrepreneur, Artist, Consultant


David's Bio

Tim Rumage

Planetary Ethicist,

Professor of Environmental Studies at Ringling College of Art & Design


Tim's Bio

Chris Tucker


American Geographical Society


Chris's Bio
Bob Bunting

CEO, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Center – CAC


Bob's Bio




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Past 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.

Climate Change

Will Negative Emissions Technology Save Our Climate? – Reducing Emissions is Necessary but not Sufficient

This column was written by Bob Bunting  Bob is the CEO of the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Center  A neighbor of ours in Sarasota FL.  We are excited to have him as a participant at our October 24 symposium “The Climate Crisis:  The Big and Urgent Things” This is must read article for subscribers who […]


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Have You Signed up for the Free Webinar this Sunday September 19?

  Please sign-up for our free webinar for members and guests on Sunday September 19, 2021 by going here to our home page and click on Register Now.   First to review. After our two successful Symposiums in January and February 2020, we had to convert to virtual only for a series of webinars. […]


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What are you Doing on Sunday September 19 at 2p eastern time U.S.?

Hopefully, by the end of this column, you will answer that you will be attending the relaunch webinar of The Sarasota Institute – A 21st Century Think Tank!   As we wrote in a recent email, the Institute is relaunching “post-COVID-19”.   Now, we have a special invitation to the thousands + subscribers like you […]


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