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



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 September 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 are also in the process of creating new membership prices.  One membership will be for regional members who can attend our in-person events and one membership will be for on-line, virtual members only.  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 seven TSI podcasts available on this website. We anticipate doubling that number by the end of September 2021.  Our podcasts will soon be 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!

webinars & virtual symposiums

We will produce 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.

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.


We are Relaunching the Sarasota Institute Post COVID-19

  We had our last in person symposium on February 29, 2020.  Three days later we cancelled our scheduled symposiums due to the lock down.  We then converted all our programming to virtual, on-line webinars.  During this time, we doubled our membership and provided thought provoking presentations and dialogues.  We are now ready to relaunch […]


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Climate Change

The Wicked7 Project Meets the #ForkintheRoad

What are we going to do now?  The #forkintheroad which Buckminster Fuller warned us about is here now >> “Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment… Humanity is in a final exam as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in the Universe.”    What will […]


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New Webinar 4/22: “THE WICKED 7″

Exciting new webinar!   On Thursday April 22 from 1-2:30 p US eastern time zone we will be having the two founders of THE WICKED 7 Philip Kotler and Christina Sarkar.   As you know, Phil is a co-founder of The Sarasota Institute in addition to being the founder of modern marketing and a co-founder […]


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