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 symposiums

Monthly in-person symposiums will be held on Sunday’s, starting in October 2021.  Topics will get booked when we have the global thought leaders scheduled to participate.  These will be available to attend or view only if you are an Institute member.


Until further notice, for attendance at all TSI in-person symposiums it will be mandatory to provide proof of full vaccination PRIOR to the event you are registered for and have a ticket to enter.


Masks will be strongly encouraged!



A Sarasota Institute Virtual Session


The Golden Age of Design and Creativity


The Future of Marketing and Media



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.


China vs. the U.S.: Competing Visions

            China and the U.S. provide quite different visions of how to serve their citizens and how to help the rest of the world.               China is an authoritarian state run by one political party, China’s Communist Party (CCP). China spends most of its energy in producing Chinese goods, jobs and skilled workers.  It […]


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Give the Gift of Insight this Holiday Season!

  We have all heard or read about the supply-chain disruptions that are happening around the world.  We all feel the recent impact of inflation on many items.  We are not sure what to give our loved ones and friends for the holidays.  We don’t want to add to the climate crisis with triggering any […]


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Climate Change

Resident CO2

[Note: This subject was one of the key points discussed in the 10/24/21 Symposium “The Climate Crisis:  The Big and Urgent Things” .  The edited video of this event is now live for all Institute members.  Just go to the “member login” at the top of the home page, sign in and you can watch […]


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