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 – A 21st Century Think Tank

As of August 2022, the Institute will continue forward with this web site only. We are no longer taking memberships. We are keeping the site up for the use of all our members who still want to access all the recordings of our symposiums and webinars.


In addition, our podcasts are available to members and non-members to download or listen directly from the site.


We hope you find columns, podcasts and videos that will be thought provoking.

Our Short History

We began in 2017 as on-line only, publishing regular thought pieces on the ten topics listed across the top of the web site.


We launched our in-person symposiums in January 2020 with great success.


Then the COVID-19 lockdown occurred. We moved to virtual presentations, along with the rest of the world. We changed our membership to on-line only and produced a number of webinars. In October 2021 we relaunched our in-person symposiums and programmed five symposiums with one having to be virtual due to the Omicron variant. Our last in person symposium was on March 27, 2022, when we produced “The Future of Marketing and Media”


The simple reality is that the pandemic and all its’ trailing impacts forced us to make the decision to return to on-line only. The timing of the virus laid us low as we had rapid growth just prior to the lock down, and now, more than two years later we have, for the time being, reverted to on-line only.

All of the symposiums and webinars we have produced are available behind the member login fire wall.

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

Here are the three most recent columns from TSI.

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

Marketing & Media

Big Idea Podcasts

The Sarasota Institute – A 21st Century Think Tank continues to release podcasts that deal with big picture and big concept topics.   Are you interested in Media?  How about hearing what the foremost media ecologist today thinks about the future of media?  Media and advertising visionary Jack Myers sat with us to suggest that […]


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Please Check Out Our Growing Library of Podcasts

The Sarasota Institute – A 21st Century Think Tank now has a robust library of podcasts.  Our podcasts are, for the most part, interviews with thought leaders who have either presented at one of our symposiums or who have written columns for us.   Each podcast is approximately 20 minutes long.  Each podcast is about […]


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Countries Should Confess to Their Inhumane Actions

 The U.S. has been a greatly admired world leader. Citizens abroad admire America’s founding fathers, its powerful capitalism and its functioning democracy.  The U.S. image was at its highest level when Barack Obama was elected and reelected President of the United States.  Obama, an expert in Constitutional Law, favored policies that would advance the lives […]


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