Upcoming or Past Events at IORG

Watch the June IORG Bonfire #4 replay!

Watch the IORG Bonfire #4 recording from June of 2022.


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Watch the IORG Bonfire #3 recording!

Watch the IORG Bonfire #3 recording from February!


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Information Overload Day 2021 – Webinar Replay

Thank you to everyone who attended the “Information Overload Day 2021 – Information Overload Evolution” webinar on October 19th.

A Replay of this year’s event is now available on the IORG Youtube Channel and is also embedded at the bottom of this post.

This year’s event covered the topics of Information Overload, No-Email, Mindfulness, Decluttering, and the use of Artificial Intelligence.

Topics and Presenters:

Settle-In and Welcome – Jonathan Spira, Vice President, Research, IORG.

“Creating space to think: Breaking through the Information Overload” – Ingrid Pope, Founder, Creating Space.

We live in a world of too much. We are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of everything, be it the amount of stuff in our home or office, the stuff that we are holding in our brain, the emotional clutter that we carry around with us, or of course the amount of information we are bombarded with every day. The clutter gets in the way of everything.

Being able to see it and reduce it is what will keep us sane and allow us not only to function but also to do our best work. This lecture will share a model to help us see this clutter more clearly, and also a tool to start creating space for what we choose, not what is thrown at us.

“HR-Tech: How can technology help us make human resources simpler and brighter?” – Edna Pasher, Founder and CEO at Edna Pasher PhD & Associates, Founding Chair, Israel Smart Cities Institute.

The talk will focus on AI uses in the HR world. How AI can save us from drowning in information overflow in the HR world with its vast amounts of candidates, CVs, and information and how we can make things simpler and brighter using new technologies.

“Taking a walk in an Overloaded Forest of Information” – Emanuele (Lele) Terenzani, Steering Team Member IORG, Digital Sales Communication Leader, IBM.

Information Overload, not using e-mail in the corporate world, and mindfulness – do these three topics have something in common? Which one of these is the cure? Which is the problem? And which is the consequence?

In a forest where each tree fights for its portion of light, does it still make sense in avoiding to grow? If we are the trees in the world of information, what is the light? What happens to the tree that overloads all the others? What happens to the tree that doesn’t grow, can it survive?

You will hear some personal stories from Lele, reflections on his everyday experiences communicating in the corporate world, from no-email to mindfulness, in the attempt to look up from a forest of darkness and take a glimpse towards the light.

Audience Break-Out Rooms

Panel Discussion and Q&A – Ingrid, Lele, and Edna – Moderated by Nathan Zeldes, President, IORG.

Concluding Remarks – Jonathan Spira


The webinar replay is now available for those of you who were unable to attend, or those that attended and enjoyed it so much you want to see it again!

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Open Business, a way to communicate better and have more fun in the process

It’s the last day of IORGLiveMonth today, a great experience for me, one month where I could look into Information Overload and having to talk about it connected several dots, opened my mind to some of the little details that matter, some of the little behavioral patterns that we all do and observe, that start in good will but eventually provide more troubles than benefits.


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Mindfulness and Information Overload a natural connection

The third week passed and I knew it would bring some controversial topics and new perspectives on what can cause information overload and how to reduce it.

Once we recognize the existence of information overload and we attribute to it several unpleasant consequences like stress, lack of focus, time waste, low productivity, miscommunication, bad collaboration…, we cannot avoid to focus on some good practices to reduce it. And so we go with e-mail best practices, appropriate tools to be used, hints and tips about how to cooperate together more fruitfully or automated business solutions to save our time.


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Value conversations and work free from information overload

The second week of #IORGLiveMonth just finished a great journey for me so far in sharing my experiences and reflections with all of you and at the same time building a video library or hints and tips that will be accessible by everyone for the time to come.

I don’t expect to bring absolute truths or solutions on the table but my observations are true and my proposed tips and behavioral changes are tested, first of all, on myself and direct experience. I’d really like to hear your point of view and opinions about it.


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Five Tips to Reduce Information Overload on Information Overload Day

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.

By Jonathan Spira

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

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 ( 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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More from IO summit in London

From Ian Price:

On Tuesday, I was invited to be part of the expert panel discussion that launched the three-day summit on Information Overload run by (previously known us vnnunet).

Given the nature of the audience, the summit as a whole has a technical emphasis and is sponsored by IBM. Having said that, there was a willingness on the panel I took part in to discuss the behavioural issues as well. If you have an hour to spare, you can watch the discussion here.

There is a wealth of other video debates and articles on v3’s site which is particularly rich in technical aspects of information overload such as storage and data centres. A comment article by Ian Williams, however, is a good expression of the view – which I share – that this is more about management than anything else.

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