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Information Overload Webinar to be held on December 13th at 11:00 AM EST

November 22, 2016 | Posted By einstem

Join us Dec 13th, at 11:00 AM EST for a free webinar – and discover the latest ideas and techniques for overcoming Information Overload!

 

The Information Overload Research Group (IORG) will host on Tuesday, Dec 13th 2016 at 11:00 AM EST a free 60 minute online webinar devoted to overcoming Information Overload.

Register for December 2016 Information Overload Webinar

On the Agenda

  • Jonathan Spira, IORG’s VP of Research – opening words
  • A moderated panel including:
    • Lawrence Ampofo, Director, Digital Mindfulness
    • Emanuele (Lele) Terenzani, Digital Sales CEE Communication Leader at IBM
      (a.k.a. “Dr. Connections”)

CLICK HERE to Register today!

We hope to “see” you there!

Yours,

Nathan Zeldes Signature

Nathan Zeldes

President, the Information Overload Research Group


About Dr. Lawrence Ampofo:

Lawrence Ampofo

Lawrence Ampofo is the Founder of Digital Mindfulness, a London-based think tank focused on the business and human impacts of constant connectivity and digital distraction. Lawrence is a political scientist, strategic communications expert, author, trainer and speaker who speaks around the world on the impact of the emerging digital and business ecosystem

 

 

About Emanuele (Lele) Terenzani:

Lele TerenzaniEmanuele (Lele) Terenzani  is Communication Leader for Digital Sales at IBM, and is passionate about spreading open business communication through enterprise social business platform and a “noemail” style for sharing information.  He produces a video series called “DrConnections” on how to utilize social networking and communication tools best practices.  He is convinced that social tools will be the main platform of our future and present communication.

 

Five Tips to Reduce Information Overload on Information Overload Day

October 15, 2016 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

By Jonathan Spira

Information Overload causes people to lose their ability to manage thoughts and ideas, contemplate, and even reason and think.  It has resulted in work days that never seem to end, completely destroying work/life balance.

Information Overload Day 2016 takes place on October 18th, and is a good time to take action to reduce the impact of Information Overload on your work and life.  Simply follow these five rules and share them with your coworkers and you’ll find a marked change in your own personal overload situation!

  1. I will not e-mail someone and then two seconds later follow up with an IM or phone call.
  2. I will refrain from combining multiple themes and requests in a single e-mail.
  3. I will make sure the subject of my e-mail clearly reflects both the topic and urgency of the missive.
  4. I will read my own e-mails before sending them to make sure they are comprehensible to others.
  5. I will not overburden colleagues with unnecessary e-mail, especially one word replies such as “Thanks!” or “Great!”, and will use “reply to all” only when absolutely necessary.

Don’t let Information Overload strangle your organization’s productivity. 94% of those we surveyed have at some point felt overwhelmed by information to the point of incapacitation.  Just remember, for every 100 people who are unnecessarily copied on an e-mail, eight hours are lost!

Happy Information Overload Day!

Tips and statistics adapted from Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization.

“Managing Overflow” conference coming up in Warsaw in September!

June 12, 2016 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

When organisations think about “overload”, the context of “information overload” is the first thing that usually gets most attention. Managing flood of emails is the most prominent example, and many interesting solutions have been proposed to deal with it. Interesting, but can any single solution be considered a definitive one? And, can we limit the problem of “overload” only to the digital domain? I will argue that the issue is much wider, and thus we can talk about “overflow”, covering both digital and traditional – analog domains. We say “information overload”, but when we get to practical examples, we suddenly switch to discussing “flood of information”, “flood of email messages” etc. That’s why OVERFLOW is considered by some a better keyword than OVERLOAD.

“Overflow (also referred to as surplus, excess or overspill) is seen as the explicit opposite of scarcity. It is a concept used in economic theory, management, consumer studies and politics, though these disciplines have different interpretations of what really constitutes overflow”
eLife 2015;4:e10825. [Link]

Overflow is surplus, and Poland (where I’m based) is a unique location to discuss it. The country underwent a profound change, from the socialist economy of excessive demand and rather limited supply, to a typical for western countries economy of excessive supply and severe competition for customers’ attention.

For any person, a wide zone of acceptance for available choices was a highly adaptive trait in the old economy, but nowadays can be a source of frustration, with an abundance of choices around us – choices of all kinds: shopping, educational, social. What should I choose, if I like all available options? On the other hand, those who have a very narrow range of acceptance for available choices had suffered in the socialist economy, but are likely to be thriving now – being “picky” protects them from the abundance of available choices.

That’s why the problem of “overflow” is not a simple, linear issue of environmental abundance, of a flood of digital, easily multiplicable information, but instead needs to be analysed on a finer level, taking into account interaction of external, environmental conditions and personal traits. This area of research, pursued for many years by one of the keynote presenters, prof. Grażyna Wieczorkowska-Wierzbińska, will be highlighted at the “Managing Overflow” conference, organized in September this year by our team from the Department of Managerial Psychology and Sociology at the University of Warsaw (http://overflowconference.pl). The event will gather in Poland a group of top scientists researching the topic of overflow: prof. Barbara Czarniawska, prof. Orvar Lofgren, Sabina Siebert, prof. Wieczorkowska-Wierzbińska, and others.

Grzegorz Krol, PhD
Department of Managerial Psychology and Sociology
Faculty of Management
University of Warsaw

Invitation to partner with IORG

May 21, 2016 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

The Information Overload Research Group is seeking organizations wishing to partner with us in pursuing our mission of reducing Information Overload.

If you recognize the importance of this problem, and wish to take an active part in addressing it, read on!

Who we are

IORG, founded in 2008 as a 501(c)6 US non-profit, is dedicated to reducing the Information Overload that devastates the productivity and quality of life of knowledge workers worldwide. We strive to do this by facilitating conversations, collaboration and networking among people who experience information overload, people who study it, and people who are developing solutions to address the problem; and by spreading research-based solutions, including best practices and technologies.

A key strategy in our activity is to bring together people from diverse backgrounds: academics, corporate practitioners, solution vendors, consultants, and analysts. By having them share their different points of view, we create a lively exchange of knowledge and opinion.

Our activity to date had focused on holding annual conferences and online webinars, maintaining a web site (http://iorgforum.org) and maintaining the IO Resource Center, an online reference library of every kind of publication related to the problem. This activity is managed by a volunteer board of directors and steering committee.

What we invite you to do together

At this time, we have concluded that we need to extend our reach and scope of action, and we therefore seek organizations willing to take a part in our activity in whatever manner makes sense, such as:

  • Placing a member with the required insight on our steering committee and board of directors
  • Hosting an IORG conference, providing free attendance and a speaking platform to your employees
  • Exposing your employees to our resources, thinking and solutions
  • Becoming a formal corporate sponsor of IORG, with the attendant exposure
  • Any other ideas are welcome – let’s explore!

If your organization is willing to engage in any of this, please let me know at president@iorgforum.org.

Yours,

Nathan Zeldes

President, the Information Overload Research Group

Slides from IO Day 2015

October 30, 2015 | Posted By JoshuaLyman

What a great Information Overload Awareness Day we had this year, thanks to our two speakers, Yoram Kalman and Francis Wade, and special presentation from board member Jonathan Spira. The insights and discussions during our webinar were certainly food for thought.

Our speakers have graciously accepted to make their slides available as well.

Dr. Yoram Kalman: Download as PowerPoint below

Francis Wade: View on SlideShare and see below

Jonathan Spira: Download as PDF below

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

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