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.


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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 In-Person Symposium



This event is available for Local Members only (Sarasota Institute Local Membership), with a seat capacity for 135 members, and 15 seats for students.


For attendance at the December 12th TSI in-person symposium, it will be mandatory to provide proof of full vaccination PRIOR to December 12th and have a ticket to enter. Masks will be strongly encouraged.


12/12/2021: The Future of Vaccines and Public Health in the 2020s

Sunday December 12th 2p-4p EST


The world is struggling with the pandemic. New variants and surprisingly high resistance to getting vaccinated are causing yet another spike in cases.  Globally, practically every country is or has struggled with the virus. On New Year’s Day 2020, most of us were not thinking about vaccines and public health.  Now these two topics consume us.  It is clear that the 2020s will be a decade about vaccines within the larger framework of public health.


This symposium will bring together speakers and panelists that will provide a view on what lies ahead for us all.  Please join us!





Here are three of the presenters for the 12/12 Symposium: “The Future of Vaccines and Public Health in the 2020s” discussing what they will be speaking to members about. An in-depth look at the future of vaccines and public health you won’t want to miss!


Kevin Sneed

Senior Associate VP, USF Health

Dean and Professor

USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy

University of South Florida


Kevin's Bio


Senior Associate VP, USF Health

Dean, College of Public Health

Professor of Public Health

University of South Florida


Donna's Bio



Longtime expert on Public Health


Ben's Bio
Dr. Allen Weiss

Chief Medical Officer

Blue Zones Project


Presentation: “Blue Zones Project: 21st Century Well-Being and Health”


Allen's Bio




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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.

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