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The Sarasota Institute ~ a 21st century Think Tank

Author: David Houle

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The Sarasota Institute is a 21st Century Think Tank. We are interested in leading the questioning and thinking on 10 major topics that will largely shape the United States and the world in this century. These 10 topics are: technology, global policy, natural resources, marketing and media, intelligence, health care, education, democracy, climate change and capitalism. We are not political. We were co-founded by futurist David Houle, marketing guru Philip Kotler, and financial futurist Jason Voss in 2017. We are a non-profit corporation. Look into the future with us!
18 Episodes
James Fathers, a design professor at Syracuse University and co-author of "The 2020s:  The Golden Age of Design and Redesign" along with futurist David Houle, speaks to why humanity is now in the golden age of design.  How humanity can move to implementing the Planetary Systemic Design guidelines set forth in the book will be key to how we successfully face the global problems that are clear and present dangers dead ahead.  The future of humanity will largely depend upon design thinking.
Bob Leonard is at the vanguard of the next truly big business in the climate sector. With the horrible reality of the climate crisis upon us, every company and institution in the the world will need to do a 5-15 year analysis of the threats - and opportunities- it might face as the climate crisis gets worse.  An unprecedented crisis necessitates preparation as everyone will be affected by the climate catastrophe.  Learn what the majority of companies will be doing to fact the threat in the years ahead.
Dr. Philip Kotler is often referred to as "the father of modern marketing".  He is also a co-founder of the Sarasota Institute - A 21st Century Think Tank.  In this podcast he looks into the future to discuss how marketing will change in the future.  For anyone in the field of marketing, or anyone interested in the future, this podcast will be time well spent.
Jack Myers is one of the most influential media ecologists in the world today.  He has also been called the futurist of media and advertising for the past 40 years.  In this podcast he both looks back and forward to frame a vision of the future of media.  If you have any professional or intellectual interest in media and advertising, this short podcast is a must listen!
Dr. Larry Thompson, President of the Ringling College of Art + Design speaks to the future of Creativity and the Creative Age.  Why is creativity so important right now in the 2020s?
Donna Petersen is the Dean of Public Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa FL. Dean Petersen gave a presentation at the December 2021 Sarasota Institute symposium on the future of public health and vaccines in the 2020s. In this podcast Jason Voss, a co-founder of the Institute, leads a discussion about the future of public health in the years ahead.  Dean Petersen provide insight into the history of pandemics as we still are struggling with COVID-19.
In this podcast, Dr. Allen Weiss, the Chief Medical Officer of the Blue Zone Project, speaks with Institute co-founder Jason Voss about the Blue Zone Project and why it can be such a powerful way to increase health and well-being in communities around the world.  This is in follow-up to the presentation that Dr. Weiss gave at the December 2021 symposium on the future of public health in the 2020s.  The Institute thinks that the Blue Zone Project is one of the most promising developments for public well-being today.  After listening to this podcast, you might want to bring this to your community.
Futurist David Houle, one of the three initiators of the project, speaks about why R. Buckminster Fuller’s book is so relevant to humanity in the 2020s.
Christopher Tucker thinks and works at the intersection of technology, strategy, geography, and national security. Tucker manages Yale House Ventures, a portfolio of technology companies, social ventures, and public entrepreneurship initiatives. Tucker is Chairman of the American Geographical Society (, where he launched Geography2050 a multi-year strategic dialog about the vital trends the geography of our planet.  At AGS, Tucker has also helped launch its EthicalGEO Initiative (, and the Locus Charter as an international charter for the responsible use of location technologies.  
Debbie Mason, President of the Tidewell Foundation, Inc. and Executive Vice-President of Tidewell Hospice.An institutional example of the need for local and regional health care entities to scale and to expand the continuum of care with the communities they serve.  In this New Health Age, the landscape of health care is rapidly changing.  The use of transformative technology and helping patients/customers/neighbors face the final third of life is the unique vision of Tidewell Foundation and the Empath Health organization. On-going adaptation.
Dr. Tom Ingegno is a thought leader in the developing field of Integrative Health.  As a founder of Charm City Integrative Health, Tom is at the vanguard of integrating chiropractic medicine, salt therapy, acupuncture, cryotherapy, massage and red light therapy into customized “stacks” for both preventative health and for treatment.  Listen and learn how one visionary sees the coming growth and success of Integrative Health becoming ever more mainstream in the United States.
Steve Turckes, Principal, Head Global Practice K-12 at Perkins & Will Topics Include:The importance of place and space in educational architectureFuture Ready schoolsKey Themes of Future Ready schoolsWhich of the Key Themes are easiest to implement in existing schoolsHow working remotely has affected the thinking about educational architecture 
Dr. Randy D. Ziegenfuss, Superintendent, Salisbury Township School District, Pennsylvania; Host of the Shift Your Paradigm podcast Topics IncludeDifferences between traditional education and “learner-centered education”Requirements for implementing learner-centered educationThe 5 Elements, necessary conditions for a great educational experienceThe silver lining of COVID-19 for accelerating experimentation in education
David Houle, Futurist, author of Moving to a Finite Earth Economy, co-Founder The Sarasota Institute 
Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company, frequent, nationally known thinker and writer about putting a price on carbon
Tim Rumage is a Planetary Ethicist, the Head of Environmental Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design and the co-author of This Spaceship Earth.In this early part of the 21st Century we are in a planetary reality for which we have no precedence. The last time the atmosphere has as much CO2 as today was at least 800,000 years ago. Modern Humanity has been around for 200,000 years so there is no road map, plan or strategy we can pull up from history. order to deal with Climate Change we must change our consciousness. We need to develop crew consciousness. We need to become crew members of This Spaceship Earth rather than continue to be unaware passengers. It is time for everyone to realize they are an astronaut. 
Dr. Harold Wanless, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami“A Leap Year Look at Climate Change” Powerpoint presentation
David Houle, Futurist, author of Moving to a Finite Earth Economy, co-Founder The Sarasota InstituteJason Apollo Voss, CEO, AIM Consulting, LLC, author of Return of the Active Manager, co-Founder The Sarasota Institute
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