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New LinkedIn Group presence for IORG

February 1, 2018 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

Effective January 2018 the LinkedIn group Information Overload Network has been renamed to Information Overload Research Group. This reflects the de facto situation where ION has been nurtured for the last few years by the directors of the off-LinkedIn IORG non-profit, and will allow us to focus the people and activities related to Information Overload mitigation under one coherent “umbrella”.

You are all welcome to join the group, which will continue in its activity to share and promote knowledge about information overload and its mitigation.

Overloaded 2017 – Webinar Replay now Available !

October 20, 2017 | Posted By einstem

IORG, in celebration of Information Overload Day, recently hosted “Overloaded 2017 – An online event of Science, Stories, and Solutions for Managing Information Overload.

The entire event has been recorded for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!

Here is a list of the presenters:

  • Jonathan Spira – IORG Director and IO author and researcher.
    “What are your pain points with Information Overload?”
  • Nathan Zeldes – IORG president and global productivity expert.
    “Welcome to Overloaded 2017″
  • Steuart Snooks –  Email author, speaker and consultant.
    “Three Strategies for Managing Overload”
  • Dr. Lawrence Ampofo – Digital strategist and consultant.
    “Corporate Digital Responsiblity in the age of Information Overload”
  • Marc Powell – Emailogic – Email and Productivity Training.
    “Audience Discussion via ZOOM Chat”
  • Haim Senior – Knowmail – CEO
    “Personalized A.I.to fix Information Overload at Work”
  • Lele Terenzani – IBM
    “Time for doing some live IO evangelism”
  • Dan Calista – Vynamic – CEO and Founder
    & Erica Keswin
     – Founder, Spaghetti Project
    “A fireside chat with Dan Calista” – Interview by Erica
  • Dr. Monica Seeley – Mesmo Consultancy – Email Expert
    “Conclusion: What have we learned?”
  • Jonathan Spira – IORG Director and IO author and researcher.
    “Wrap-Up and Thank You!”

Overloaded 2017 – Register Now!

September 21, 2017 | Posted By einstem

The Information Overload Research Group presents: 

Overloaded 2017

An online event of Science, Stories, and Solutions for Managing Information Overload

When: October 17th, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00pm EST

Register for Overloaded 2017

For this year’s “Information Overload Day” on October 17th, the Information Overload Research Group is sponsoring an online Webinar featuring speakers from IBM, Knowmail, and several leading practitioners in the fields of productivity, information overload, and e-mail management.  

Has work in 2017 been overwhelming and difficult to keep up?

Between the constant email, pings and vibrations of notifications, and the fear of missing out (FOMO) that keeps us constantly connected, information overload is threatening our productivity, our state-of-mind, and our bottom line.

What can we do to cope, improve, and reach a work life balance?

The Information Overload Research Group (IORG) is excited to bring a valuable webinar where renowned experts and speakers offer fresh insights on the science, stories, and solutions for managing information overload at work.


Webinar Details:

Who is this for: Managers, Researchers, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, or anyone looking to better manage information overload.

When: October 17th, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m EDT.

Where: Online Webinar (webinar details to be provided)

Price: Although there is no cost to attend the Webinar, we are asking attendees to please consider choosing a donation “ticket type”.  We are a non-profit organization and only through your support can continue to bring you events like this.

Registration:  Register using this Eventbrite link


Current Agenda / Speakers:

Lele Terenzani – IBM – Digital Communications and IO specialist.
10:00 – “Initial gathering and platform instructions”

Jonathan Spira – IORG Director and IO author and researcher.
10:05 – “What are your pain points with Information Overload?”

Nathan Zeldes – IORG president and global productivity expert.
10:15 – “Welcome to Overloaded 2017”

Steuart Snooks –  Email author, speaker and consultant.
10:20 – “Three Strategies for Managing Overload”

Dr. Lawrence Ampofo – Digital strategist and consultant.
10:35 – “Corporate Digital Responsiblity in the age of Information Overload”

Marc Powell – Emailogic – Email and Productivity Training.
10:50 – “Audience Discussion via ZOOM Chat”

Haim Senior – Knowmail – CEO
11:00 – “Personalized A.I.to fix Information Overload at Work”

Lele Terenzani – IBM
11:15 – “Time for doing some live IO evangelism”

Dan Calista – Vynamic – CEO and Founder
& Erica Keswin
 – Founder, Spaghetti Project
11:35 – “A fireside chat with Dan Calista” – Interview by Erica

Dr. Monica Seeley – Mesmo Consultancy – Email Expert
11:50 – “Conclusion: What have we learned?”


Webinar Sponsors:

KnowMail – Artificial Intelligence based Email Solution

Interested in being a Sponsor?
If you would like to appear on our marketing materials, please select our “Sponsorship” ticket type – Your support would be greatly appreciated!

Questions, feedback, ideas?
Contact IORG at president@iorgforum.org

Overloaded 2017 – Coming soon!

June 30, 2017 | Posted By einstem

The Information Overload Research Group presents: 

Overloaded 2017

An online event of Science, Stories, and Solutions for Managing Information Overload

When: October 17th, 2017.

Where: Online – details coming soon.

Work is not what it used to be. Between the constant rings and pings of notifications, and the fear of missing out (FOMO) that follows, information overload is threatening our productivity, our state of mind, and our bottom line. What is this all about? And how can businesses change course?

The Information Overload Research Group (IORG) brings you a virtual event where renowned experts and speakers such as Haim SeniorDr. Lawrence Ampofo, and Shawn Banerji will offer fresh insights on the science, stories, and solutions for managing information overload at work.

Anyone working to solve the information overload problem, looking for solutions, or wanting to help shape the discussion is welcome to attend. Whether you are a manager, a researcher, an entrepreneur, or a CEO, this is an event that is good for business.

We already have the 3 great speakers listed above lined up, and a detailed agenda and more information will be released shortly.


About IORG:
IORG is made up of researchers, practitioners and technologists from academia, corporations, solution vendors and consultancies. IORG is dedicated to reducing information overload, a problem that diminishes the productivity and quality of life of knowledge workers worldwide. Our diverse members and single focus provide thought leadership and access to cutting-edge ideas, promote collaboration between industry and academia, and help shape the science of combating information overload.

Please direct any inquiries to president@iorgforum.org for more information.

Video: Nathan Zeldes speaks about the evolution of innovative Info Overload solutions

June 22, 2017 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

A webinar lecture held at IBM. Enjoy!

Overloaded 2017 – Save the Date!

June 1, 2017 | Posted By einstem

The Spaghetti Project and IORG present: 

IORG-Spaghetti-Logo

Overloaded 2017


A Day of Science, Stories, and Solutions for Managing Information Overload

Save the Date!

When: October 17th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: 250 West 55th Street, 37th Floor, New York, NY • 10019

Price: Early Bird $199. Regular $249

Work is not what it used to be. Between the constant rings and pings of notifications, and the fear of missing out (FOMO) that follows, information overload is threatening our productivity, our state of mind, and our bottom line. What is this all about? And how can businesses change course?

The Spaghetti Project and the Information Overload Research Group (IORG) are joining forces to bring you a day-long conference where renowned experts and speakers will offer fresh insights on the science, stories, and solutions for managing information overload at work. Whether you are a manager, a researcher, an entrepreneur, or a CEO, this is a day that is good for business.

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.

 

So please, save the date!

Invitation details to follow.

 

About the Spaghetti Project:
Erica Keswin is a member of IORG’s leadership team, where she puts her expertise in human communications to good use.  She is the founder of the Spaghetti Project, a platform devoted to sharing the science and stories of human connection. Inspired by a 2015 Cornell study showing that firemen who eat together are better at their jobs (they save more lives!), Erica, a longtime workplace strategist, has made it her business to help people honor relationships. And as a hats-off to the firemen and their go-to firehouse meal, she calls her work the Spaghetti Project.


About IORG
:
IORG is made up of researchers, practitioners and technologists from academia, corporations, solution vendors and consultancies. IORG is dedicated to reducing information overload, a problem that diminishes the productivity and quality of life of knowledge workers worldwide. Our diverse members and single focus provide thought leadership and access to cutting-edge ideas, promote collaboration between industry and academia, and help shape the science of combating information overload.

Please direct any inquiries to erica@spaghettiproject.com or president@iorgforum.org for more information.

Information Overload Webinar December 2016 Video Replay Available

December 15, 2016 | Posted By einstem

IORG hosted a webinar “Overcoming Information Overload” on December 13th, 2016 that brought together interesting and diverse thinkers to share their views and research.  The event included:

The entire event has been recorded for your viewing pleasure!

Enjoy!

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

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