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.


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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 all 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.


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Virtual Symposium


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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.

Climate Change

The Four Overarching Dynamics of the 2020s

There are a number of trends and forces that will manifest in the 2020s. These are all important and will be subjects of subsequent columns. Many of these trends  reside within these four overarching dynamics of the decade:   The Age of Climate Change The Age of Intelligence The Reinvention of Capitalism and Democracy A […]


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Climate Change

The Phases of COVID-19 and the New Normal It Can Bring

Starting in 2019, the world moved from the Pre-Covid-19 period into the Covid-19 period.  Everywhere clusters of people were becoming infected with Covid-19 and many deaths were occurring. Countries did their best to control the pandemic by urging their people to wear a mask, wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their faces and  keeping at […]


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A Depression / A Beginning

The near-term future is catastrophic and depressing. The longer term is potentially transformative and uplifting… if we fully understand the possibilities and needs of this decade. As a futurist, I pride myself on the accuracy of my forecasts. When they have not been pinpoint accurate, they are usually directionally correct. That is my intention here, […]


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