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.


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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: Global Natural Resources

Thursday 11/5 at 2-3:30 EST


Members Register Here


Sarasota Institute Members Only!


Not a Member? Sign-up today!

Christopher Tucker

Chairman, The National Geographic Society

Speaker, Author – “A Planet of 3 Billion”


Tim Rumage

Planetary Ethicist

Chief Science Officer

Head, Environmental Studies at Ringling College


David Houle

Co-Founder, Managing Director, The Sarasota Institute

Futurist, Author

View David's Bio
Future Webinars

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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.


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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What Is the American Dream? Do We Need a New One with Covid-19?

  Is the American Dream alive and well or has Covid-19 killed it?   Is the American Dream for every American or just for prosperous Americans?   What is the American Dream anyways?   On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and 53 other delegates signed the Declaration of Independence, to proclaim […]


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