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Doing email in meetings: an ancient cautionary tale

February 15, 2018 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

We can learn a lot from history… even in the field of Information Overload and Meeting Culture.

Consider this true story, quoted as is from Plutarch, about a spicy event in the senate of ancient Rome:

It is said also that when the great conspiracy of Catiline, which came near overthrowing the city, had come to the ears of the senate, Cato and Caesar, who were of different opinions about the matter, were standing side by side, and just then a little note was handed to Caesar from outside, which he read quietly. But Cato cried out that Caesar was outrageously receiving letters of instruction from the enemy. At this, a great tumult arose, and Caesar gave the missive, just as it was, to Cato. Cato found, when he read it, that it was a wanton bit of writing from his sister Servilia, and throwing it to Caesar with the words “Take it, thou sot,” turned again to the business under discussion. So notorious was Servilia’s passion for Caesar.

Let’s recast this in modern terms: two senior leaders are engaged in an important discussion in parliament, the legendary Julius Caesar and his enemy Cato (the younger). Caesar is distracted by an incoming message, and tries to process it while engaging in the meeting – tries, in fact , to Multitask. This not only interferes with his concentration; it leads to a disruption of the entire meeting – and to a rather comical if embarrassing outcome when the message turns out to be a love letter from his mistress. That the mistress was Cato’s sister Servilia (the mother of Brutus) just makes it more hilarious.

The lesson is far from funny, though: in meetings across the planet today attendees sit with a glassy stare fixed on their notebook or smartphone screens, and the impact on the meeting’s effectiveness is extremely harmful. Take note!

IORG Social Media presence is being upgraded

February 8, 2018 | Posted By Nathan Zeldes

The Information Overload Research Group’s steering committee has identified social media as a key component of the group’s activity, and has made decisions accordingly. Starting this February, IORG will maintain a much higher level of activity on all its social channels.

This includes the following channels, which you are invited and encouraged to join, follow, and so forth:

  • The IORG Web site (blog) [http://iorgforum.org].
  • The Information Overload Resource Center (IORC) [Link].
  • Twitter [@EndInfoOverload].
  • The LinkedIn Group “Information Overload Research Group” [Link].
  • The IORG Newsletter [subscribe here].
  • The IORG YouTube channel [Link].

All this is for you – and with you. We look forward to your comments, retweets, and contributions!

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.

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