Reducing Information Pollution
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?
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!
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!
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.
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:
If your organization is willing to engage in any of this, please let me know at email@example.com.
President, the Information Overload Research Group
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.
We work together to understand, publicize and solve the information overload problem. We do this by (1) defining and building awareness of information overload, (2) facilitating and funding collaboration and advanced research aimed at shaping solutions and establishing best practices, and (3) serving as a resource center where we share information and resources, offer guidance and connections, and help make the business case for fighting information overload.
The subject line grabbed my attention-“Information Overload: The Impact on the Organization.”
The thought of spending time listening to the webcast was itself pressure. But I was feeling particularly overloaded that day, so I registered for the free event from the nonprofit group calling itself the Information Overload Research Group (IORG; http://iorgforum.org). A key company in the organization is Basex, Inc. (www.basex.com), which describes itself as a “knowledge economy research firm” that serves IT vendors and buyers with an expertise in knowledge worker management and productivity. Here’s the compelling statistic: Basex estimates, based on data it has gathered, that information overload costs the U.S. economy a minimum of $900 billion a year in lost productivity and reduced innovation. That’s a big number.