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Information Overload Awareness Day 2015 to be held on October 20th!

September 23, 2015 | Posted By einstem

The theme for this year’s Overload Day is “A Challenge to the Corporate World:  Lower the Overload – Send fewer Emails.

The Information Overload Awareness Day 2015 event, sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group, is a workplace observance, now in its eighth year, that calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations.

Register for Information Overload Awareness Day 2015:
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11:00 am EST.

This year’s event includes a free 60-minute webinar at 11 a.m. EDT, with several information overload speakers, and is hosted by Jonathan Spira, one of the leading experts in the field and author of “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization.

Topics and Speakers for Overload Awareness Day 2015:

  • Q & A Session –  The speakers and IORG members will answer questions from  attendees on how to address their biggest Information Overload challenges.

To register for the Information Overload Awareness Day Webinar, please click on the Eventbrite logo below which takes you to the Eventbrite registration page:

Register for Overload Awareness Day 2015


In conjunction with the observance of Information Overload Awareness Day, the Information Overload Research Group issued a Lower the Overload challenge to knowledge workers everywhere.

Starting October 20th, send 20% fewer e-mail messages!

To accomplish this, knowledge workers should:

1) Send only those Emails, IMs, and texts that have to be sent. This includes replies.

2) Only use reply-to-all when absolutely necessary.

3) Cut back on the number of recipients in the “to” and “cc” fields.

4) Resist the urge to forward Email messages if not critical.

We look forward to you joining us for this event, and please forward this to any of your peers that may be interested in participating!

The Information Overload Research Group

Information Overload Day 2014 on Oct 21

October 8, 2014 | Posted By JoshuaLyman

“Tame the Overload” is the theme of Information Overload Day on Oct. 21. This year’s event includes a free 90-minute webinar at 11 a.m. EDT featuring speakers from Microsoft, Yahoo, and Knowmail, and hosted by Jonathan Spira, one of the leading experts in the field and author of “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization.”

Go to the Information Overload Day 2014 page here!

Eventbrite - Information Overload Day 2014

The Information Overload Day event, sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group and held entirely on the Web, calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations.

The webinar will include an Information Overload Clinic, in which experts will answer questions from attendees on how to address their biggest Information Overload challenges. Audience members can submit questions in advance via

The speakers also will present their latest research on Information Overload and multitasking. Topics include:

  •  “Swimming Against the Current — the Insurmountable Task of Changing the Corporate Email Culture” by Eran Yariv, Microsoft
  •  “Should We Control Our Own Attention: Media Multitasking and Cognitive Control,” by Eyal Ophir, Yahoo
  •  “Quantitative Email Usage Measurement as a Tool for Generating Actionable Insights” by Haim Senior, Knowmail

Learn more about the speakers at

“Information Overload Awareness Day comes but once a year,” said Nathan Zeldes, IORG president, “but information overload itself never lets up. Spending a few hours to address what can be done to contain this scourge is a crucial activity for knowledge workers.”

To register for the webinar, go to

Overloaded 2014: June 7

March 9, 2014 | Posted By JoshuaLyman

We are pleased to announce that Overloaded 2014, the premier conference for information overload, will be held on June 7, 2014 at the pariSOMA lounge in San Francisco, CA. All who are interested in the problem of information overload, whether in industry, academia, the startup world, or as an affected individual, are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Overloaded 2014 - The premier information overload conference

You can see visit the conference’s site to learn more about the great speakers we have lined up line Gloria Mark and Manish Sood. Buy tickets from there or by clicking the button at right. And please spread the word to all those around you who may be interested!

IO Day 2013 recording is available online

October 24, 2013 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

IORG celebrated Information Overload Day on Oct. 21 with a Webinar that brought together interesting and diverse thinkers to share their views and research.  The event included:

  • A panel discussion, moderated by Joshua Lyman and engaging Dmitri Leonov of Sanebox and Shawn Carolan of Handle in a discussion of email overload and innovative software solutions designed to mitigate it.
  • A presentation by Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli, University of Haifa, titled “Don’t bother my interruption: the surprising side of multitasking”, where he shared some heretical views about multitasking and its role in our future.

The entire event has been recorded for your viewing pleasure!

Prof. Rafaeli’s slides can be downloaded at


Join us on Information Overload Day 2013!

September 25, 2013 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

On October 21, 2013, we take a pause to mark the annual Information Overload Day, and seek solutions that will bring back that productivity.

What will YOU do to mark this occasion?

IORG will hold a free webinar – see details  at and register!


Overloaded 2013 is coming!

December 26, 2012 | Posted By JoshuaLyman

Overloaded 2013

The month of February is fast approaching, and that means that it is nearly time for the annual IORG-sponsored conference on information overload, a gathering of the front-line individuals working to solve the issue of info overload, and open to anyone interested in diving in and learning more about the topic. Announcing Overloaded 2013, the information overload conference that will be taking place February 9th, 2013, in San Francisco, California.

Get Your Ticket Now

Last year’s Overloaded 2012 conference was a fantastic success, and we look to carry forward the work by advancing even more in-depth topics and discussion this year. As we finalize speakers and agendas, we will be posting updates here and on our Twitter account, but we can confirm already several high-calibre individuals who have agreed to present at the conference, including the following:

  • Victoria Bellotti
  • David Grossman
  • Dan Markowitz

The cost of the conference is $99, which covers food and expenses. A lunch and snacks will be served. Anyone working to solve the information overload problem, looking for solutions, or wanting to help shape the discussion is welcome to attend. Please come and join us for this special event, we look forward to having you there.

Get Your Ticket Now

If you would like to be a speaker at the event, fill out a speaker application here. If you have any other questions or comments, please get in touch with us.

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