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

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.    We have reduced our global membership to $35 a year at this time to provide access to all our content from the symposiums and webinars.

We currently have more than a dozen podcasts that you can find by clicking on the Podcasts tab at the top of the page.


We will continue to publish thought pieces on our chosen ten topics.


Actions you can take:


  1. Sign up for email notifications to receive our thought pieces when published.  You can sign up at the bottom of any page of the site.
  2. Download or listen to our growling podcast library. We are on all the major podcast platforms.
  3. Sign up for membership at $35, which will give you access to all the symposiums we have ever produced.
  4. Make a donation to the Institute as we are a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit corporation. If you would like to do so, please email the Managing Director at


Humanity is now living in perhaps the most disruptive decade of history.  The 2020s are a transit from the reality of the past and the new reality in which we will be living in the 2030s.  This time calls for big ideas, unprecedented actions and entirely new Planetary Systemic Design for our collective future.


As a 21st century think tank we only look forward to facing the future and what we might all collectively achieve

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.


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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Climate Change

Planning and Preparing for the Bumpy Road Ahead

Planning and Preparing for the Bumpy Road Ahead [Bob Leonard is one of the most knowledgeable people I know about the stark realities of the climate crisis.  He is a leader in the new business of advising companies on how best to mitigate the business risks of this crisis.  Too many companies today think that […]


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Climate Change

Climate Impacts – Businesses Must Adapt

    [The Institute has already had several symposiums and webinars on the climate crisis and natural resources.  It is the most pressing and urgent threat to civilization in the long-term.  To prepare for this threat it has already been established that while the costs of preparation and prevention or delay are great, they are […]


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