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

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: The History of the COVID-19 Vaccines and What Might be Ahead in the Future

Thursday 2/4 at 2-3:30 EST


We will look into the history of the mRNA vaccines,  their relative safety, why they are different that other vaccines and what they might mean in our fight against the COVID-19 virus. In addition, a look as to the long-term possibilities of both the COVID-19 virus and other possible pandemics ahead.


Members Register Here


Sarasota Institute Members Only!


Not a Member? Sign-up today!



Dr. Benjamin P. Sachs


Dr. Sachs' Bio


Tim Rumage

Head of Environmental Studies
At RCAD, Planetary Ethicist

View Tim's Bio


Panelist, Host:


David Houle

Co-Founder, Managing Director, The Sarasota Institute

Futurist, Author

View David's Bio
Future Webinars

The History of the COVID-19 Vaccines & What Might be Ahead in the Future



Webinar Topic TBD


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Webinar Topic TBD

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.

Health Care

A New Webinar on the History of the COVID-19 Vaccine and the Highly Probable Need for Vaccines in this Decade

To all of you who are subscribers to our email newsletter:  HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are happy to announce our first webinar of 2021!     On Thursday February 4 from 2-3;30p Eastern time U.S. we will present: “The History of the COVID-19 Vaccine and the Highly Probable Need for Vaccines this Decade”   The […]


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Is America Ready for Nordic Capitalism?

  Most countries in the world run a Capitalist economy.  Yet the form that Capitalism takes in different countries varies greatly.  There are many differences between American Capitalism, Swedish Capitalism, Japanese Capitalism, and Chinese Capitalism. Every Capitalist economy has its own set of problems.  One needs to list the problems that keep that country’s citizens […]


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Is Universal Basic Income Inevitable?

Why is it that in a rich country like the U.S., poverty continues to affect 50 million citizens, about 15 percent of our citizens? At the other end, the top 0.1% of our citizens receive 40% of all income and own 40% of all our wealth. Numerous studies show that our income distribution, instead of […]


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