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Information Overload Day 2020 Webinar Available for Replay on YouTube Channel

Thank you to everyone that attended the Information Overload Day 2020 Webinar on October 20th:

Information Overload in the Post-COVID Workplace

It was a great session with many interesting presentations and some good discussions.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, or weren’t able to stay through the entire event, we are happy to announce that we have posted the entire event.

You can view it on our: IORG Youtube Channel

Or, you can view the Webinar with this link: Information Overload Day 2020 Webinar

And we are always looking for anyone interested in providing guest posts or support of our organization.  If interested, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for your continued support of IORG.

Regards,

Nathan Zeldes
President, IORG

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Information Overload Day 2020 – Webinar Replay

Thank you to everyone who attended the Information Overload Day webinar on October 20th,  an event that featured renowned experts with fresh insights and solutions related to Information Overload in the post-COVID Workplace”.

Topics and Presenters included:

  • Welcome to Information Overload Day 2020 – Nathan Zeldes, President, IORG, and Founder, Nathan Zeldes Consulting
  • Information Overload 101 – Jonathan Spira, Vice President, Research, IORG, and Senior Managing Director, Accura Media.  Dr. Spira created Information Overload Day ten years ago to call attention to the issue. In this talk, he explains what Information Overload really is and why we need to continue to call attention to it in order to Lower the Overload.
  • Amusing & Informing Ourselves to Death during COVID Crisis – Edna Pasher, Founding Chair, Israel Smart Cities Institute. Dr. Pasher will discuss the ideas of Prof. Neil Postman and examine the Faustian bargain we have made with technology. The issue, she will point out, is that we have not yet found a way to get around the bargain we have made with our tech. Dr. Pasher will discuss a way forward with ideas on how to Lower the Overload.
  • Information Overload and Working from Home During the Pandemic – Martin Bariff, Treasurer, IORG, Associate Professor of Information Management, Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Bariff will look at how the coronavirus pandemic has transformed your discretionary work from home choice into a required mode of performing your work activities. New sources and frequency of unexpected interruptions that increase your information overload, stress and reduce your productivity will be critically examined and Dr. Bariff will provide actionable recommendations to Lower the Overload.
  • Importance versus Urgency in an Age of Information Overload – Michael Hoffman, CEO, LeanMail. Mr. Hoffman will examine the conflict between important and urgent demands and delve into how they are related but far from the same. He will provide multiple recommendations as to how to treat different demands appropriately so as to Lower the Overload.
  • Audience Discussion and Q&A
  • 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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Register for Information Overload Day 2020: Information Overload in the Post-COVID Workplace

Information Overload Day 2020

October 20th at 11:00 AM EDT

Information Overload in the post-COVID Workplace


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Register for Information Overload Day 2018


For this year’s “Information Overload Day” on October 20th, the Information Overload Research Group is sponsoring an online Webinar featuring speakers that are focusing on the specialized topics of “Information Overload in the post-COVID Workplace”.

Topics and Presenters:

  • Welcome to Information Overload Day 2020 – Nathan Zeldes, President, IORG, and Founder, Nathan Zeldes Consulting
  • Information Overload 101 – Jonathan Spira, Vice President, Research, IORG, and Senior Managing Director, Accura Media.  Dr. Spira created Information Overload Day ten years ago to call attention to the issue. In this talk, he explains what Information Overload really is and why we need to continue to call attention to it in order to Lower the Overload.
  • Amusing & Informing Ourselves to Death during COVID Crisis – Edna Pasher, Founding Chair, Israel Smart Cities Institute. Dr. Pasher will discuss the ideas of Prof. Neil Postman and examine the Faustian bargain we have made with technology. The issue, she will point out, is that we have not yet found a way to get around the bargain we have made with our tech. Dr. Pasher will discuss a way forward with ideas on how to Lower the Overload.
  • Information Overload and Working from Home During the Pandemic – Martin Bariff, Treasurer, IORG, Associate Professor of Information Management, Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Bariff will look at how the coronavirus pandemic has transformed your discretionary work from home choice into a required mode of performing your work activities. New sources and frequency of unexpected interruptions that increase your information overload, stress and reduce your productivity will be critically examined and Dr. Bariff will provide actionable recommendations to Lower the Overload.
  • Importance versus Urgency in an Age of Information Overload – Michael Hoffman, CEO, LeanMail. Mr. Hoffman will examine the conflict between important and urgent demands and delve into how they are related but far from the same. He will provide multiple recommendations as to how to treat different demands appropriately so as to Lower the Overload.
  • Audience Discussion and Q&A
  • Concluding Remarks – Jonathan Spira

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.


Webinar Details:

Who is this for: Managers, Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge Workers, Consultants, Educators, or anyone looking to better manage Information Overload.

When: October 20th, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m EDT.

Where: Online Webinar (webinar details to be provided after you Register)

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

Registration Link:    Register for the Information Overload Day 2020 Webinar on Eventbrite


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Save the Date: Information Overload Day


Save the date October 20, 2020 for International Overload Day.

https://www.checkiday.com/c38c6fa07f92e5ab64fa79b89511da7e/information-overload-awareness-day

Information Overload Day is about taking control of the flow of information and limiting it to when and if it’s necessary.

As in previous years we will mark the day with a free webinar devoted to Information Overload and its mitigation.

This year the theme of the event will target Information Overload in the Post-COVID workplace  including cultural shifts, organizational design and models, with special attention to new modes of information overload and new solutions to address them.

Registration information will be released soon.

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Call for speakers for IO Day 2020

The Information Overload Research Group is getting ready for Information Overload Day, due to take place on October 20, 2020.

Information Overload Day is a workplace observance, now in its twelfth year, that calls attention to the problem of Information Overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations. As in previous years we will mark the day with a free webinar devoted to some aspect of Information Overload and its mitigation. The webinar will include lecture(s) and/or a panel discussion.

This year the theme of the event will be

Information Overload in the new Post-COVID workplace

We are interested in cultural shifts, organizational design and models, communications technology and challenges, with special attention to new modes of information overload and new solutions to address them.

We encourage you to send us ideas for this webinar, proposing a speaker(s) you think would be of interest to our audience, and/or specific lecture and panel subjects within the scope of the above theme.

Please send your input to president@iorgforum.org

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Information Overload Day 2019 Webinar available for Replay on IORG YouTube Channel

Thank you to everyone that attended the Information Overload Day 2019 Webinar on October 15th, “Beyond Email – The Next Generation of Solutions

It was a great session with many interesting presentations and some good discussions.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, or weren’t able to stay through the entire event, we are happy to announce that we have posted the entire event.

You can view it on our: IORG Youtube Channel

Or, you can view the Webinar with this link: Information Overload Day 2019 Webinar

And we are always looking for anyone interested in providing guest posts or support of our organization.  If interested, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for your continued support of IORG.
Regards,
Nathan Zeldes
President, IORG

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Register for Information Overload Day 2019 Webinar: Beyond Email – The Next Generation of Solutions

Information Overload Day 2019

October 15th at 11:00 AM EDT

Beyond Email: The Next Generation of Solutions


Click the “Register Now” button to Register for this event!!

Register for Information Overload Day 2018


For this year’s “Information Overload Day” on October 15th, the Information Overload Research Group is sponsoring an online Webinar featuring speakers that are focusing on the specialized topics of “Beyond Email – The Next Generation of Solutions”.

Topics and Presenters:

  • Welcome – Nathan Zeldes, President IORG and Founder of Nathan Zeldes Consulting

  • Introduction – Jonathan Spira, Vice President IORG and Director of Accura Media
  • Solutions Beyond Email – Marc Wright, founder of simply-communicate, will chair a panel of technology experts that will examine solutions beyond email. Participating in the panel will be Nicole Alvino of SocialChorus; and Martyn Perks, a strategic adviser on enterprise social networks.

  • Collaborative Team Tools – Marc Powell, managing director of Emailogic Ltd., will share insight on how we can embed new collaborative tools in our teams that will help us achieve our goals beyond what email permits.
  • Using Microsoft OneNote to Reduce IO – Dr. Monica Seeley, founder of Mesmo Consultancy, will discuss the benefits of Microsoft OneNote over conventional email and how it helps reduce information overload.

  • Concluding Remarks – Jonathan Spira

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.


Webinar Details:

Who is this for: Managers, Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge Workers, Consultants, Educators, or anyone looking to better manage Information Overload.

When: October 15th, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m EDT.

Where: Online Webinar (webinar details to be provided after you Register)

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

Registration Link:    Register for the Information Overload Day 2019 Webinar on Eventbrite

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Information Overload Day 2019 – SAVE THE DATE

The Annual Information Overload Day Webinar will take place on October 15 at 11:00 AM EDT

Mark your calendars: On October 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT the Information Overload Research Group (IORG) will celebrate Information Overload Day by hosting a webinar dedicated to the theme

      “Beyond Email – the Next Generation of Solutions”.

The 90-minute program will include:

  • Marc Wright, founder of simply-communicate, will chair a panel of technology experts that will examine solutions beyond email. Participating in the panel will be Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe, Europe CEO of SocialChorus; Nick Mason, Founder of Turtl.co;  and Martyn Perks, a strategic adviser on enterprise social networks.
  • Dr. Monica Seeley, founder of Mesmo Consultancy, will discuss the benefits of Microsoft OneNote over conventional email and how it helps reduce information overload.
  • Marc Powell, managing director of Emailogic Ltd., will share insight on how we can embed new collaborative tools in our teams that will help us achieve our goals beyond what email permits.

We look forward to having you join us in this free online event.

STAY TUNED – Full Registration details will be sent out shortly!

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Information Overload Day 2018 Session Recap

Following is a Recap of the key topics and discussion points from the Information Overload Day Webinar held on October 23rd, sponsored by IORG.

On October 22, 2018, the Information Overload Research Group held its annual “Information Overload Day”

This years’ session was entitled “Cognitive Science, Addiction, and Information Overload”.

Following is a summary of key points from all the presenters sessions.

Introductions to the Sessions

Nathan Zeldes – President & Chairman, IORG and Founder – Nathan Zeldes Consulting

Nathan provided a brief “Welcome” to all the attendees and outlined the line-up of speakers and topics that would follow.

 

Information Overload 101

Jonathan Spira, Founding Board Member of IORG and Sr. Managing Director of Accura Media Group

Jonathan discussed Information Overload Basics, including the topics of “Knowledge Workers”, “Private Time”, “Interruptions”, and how Information Overload is not actually a new problem and has been with us for centuries, but is made more prevalent due to technology and behavior.

 

Neuroscience and the Problem of Information Overload

Anne McGhee Stinson – Managing Partner & Director of Practice, EffectiveEdge

Anne discussed how Information Overload impacts our brains, and how what we think, do, and pay attention to changes the physical structure of our grains due the concept of “Neuroplasticity”, the fact that our brains change over time.

She discussed how our brain is “hard-wired” to pay attention to distractions, which dates back to our hunter/gatherer roots where distractions were potential dangers or predators in our environment.

She discussed the “Zeigarnik Effect”, which states that people tend to pay attention and remember “incomplete information” and “unfinished tasks” more then “completed information and tasks”.

She conducted an online demonstration for trying to estimate the count of dots that were in organized vs disorganized patterns to show how our brains are designed for “organization” as compared to “chaos”.

She also discussed the concept of “Mind like Water” (made popular by David Allen, the productivity guru), where you attempt to have a “Clear and Calm Mind”.

She introduced the concept of the “Reticular Activating System” in our brain that helps with focus. It is designed to let us focus on only one thing at a time, and we get more of what we focus on. She also noted that commands such as “don’t think about” are ineffective. You can’t tell someone to not think about something, you can only change their focus to something else.

She concluded with suggestions to learn to Focus on Goals and learn to Manage Distractions through practice. She especially recommended using meditation to learn to focus and reduce distractions.

 

Bringing Big Data to Life: Adding the Behavioral Perspective

Liraz Margalit, PhD – Head of Behavioral Research, Clicktale

Liraz provided a very different view of Information Overload from the perspective of the Customer and how information can be best presented to help customers make choices. She discussed how many customers are faced with “TMI” (Too Much Information) and how websites need to focus on a more personalized and targeted shopping experience.

One of the challenges of online shopping is that past behavior does not always equate to future behavior.

The theory of online behavior is broken into three main components:

  • Context – The circumstances that resulted in why someone was shopping online
  • Personality – Their unique personality traits as a shopper
  • Mindset – Their state of mind at that specific time when they were shopping.

You need to understand the combination of these three factors in order to maximize their online shopping experience.

She also stated that there tends to be two major classes of online shoppers:

  • Goal Oriented Shoppers – These are shoppers that are actively looking to purchase very specific things. Goal Oriented Shoppers need specific recommendations to push them towards a purchase.
  • Browsers – These are shoppers that are casually looking at multiple items. Browsers need to be left alone and not interrupted, or they will get frustrated.

One of her recommendations is to try to optimize the search and navigation experience for these two different types of shoppers.

She also introduced that shoppers also tend to fall into two major purchase approaches:

  • Maximizers – These only want the “best selection” and will continually look to compare to other options to see if there is another one that is better.  They are avid “comparison shoppers” and will continually look for a “better option”.  A goal for Maximizers it to actually limit your selection and focus them on the optimal item to avoid overwhelming them with too many selectins.
  • Satisfiers – They tend to quickly select any item that they feel is “good enough” and do not go back and question their choice. A goal for Satisfiers is to give them the ability to make a very fast and easy selection and quickly make their purchase.

Addiction and Information Overload  – A Panel Discussion

Monica Seeley, PhD – Director, IORG and Founder, Mesmo Consultancy

Marc Powell – Steering Team Member, IORG, and Founder and Managing Director, Emailogic

Nathan Zeldes – President & Chairman, IORG and Founder – Nathan Zeldes Consulting

Emanuele (Lele) Terenzani – Digital Sales CEE Communication Leader at IBM (a.k.a. “Dr. Connections”)

 
Key comments and recommendations from the panel discussion:

  • Information Overload has a significant, negative effect on productivity, especially for “knowledge workers” who work online constantly.
  • Turn off alerts on devices and applications to try to curb your Information Overload additions.
  • Email is increasing at approximately 3% a year, and we spend more and more time dealing with low- quality and useless Email communications.
  • The more Email you send, the more Email you receive, so you need to manage your own behaviors to reduce Email volumes.
  • To help curb Information Overload, you should consider an application that helps you track your actual online usage and number of application interruptions. This helps you see the true extent of your issue and can help you track improvements over time.
  • You need to work to break the “behavioral grooves” that have formed in your brain around your Information Overload behaviors. This takes awareness, actions, and techniques.
  • Consider going “cold turkey” or taking an “Information Detox”.
  • Keep your smartphones at home and out of meetings. And turn them off and put them away when out at dinner or at social events.

Concluding Remarks – Jonathan Spira and Nathan Zeldes

Final remarks were:

  • The nature of Information Overload is an ever-evolving problem, due to a combination of work habits, new technology, and massive availability of information.
  • We have also seen new Information Overload problems develop, including addictive behavior and misinformation.
  • There has also been a massive growth in the increasing number of channels of available information.
  • It is a complex issue, but there are a number of potential solutions, but they all take focus and effort to implement.

 

If you were unable to attend the Information Overload Day Webinar, or weren’t able to stay through the entire event, the entire event was recorded and is now available for replay.

You can view it on the: IORG Youtube Channel

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Information Overload Day 2018 Webinar available on YouTube for Replay

Thank you to everyone that attended the Information Overload Day Webinar on October 23rd.

It was a great session with many interesting presentations and some good discussions. We are working to get copies of the presenters’ materials, and will post it to our IORG site as soon as we have them available.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, or weren’t able to stay through the entire event, we are happy to announce that we have posted the entire event.

You can view it on our: IORG Youtube Channel

Or, you can view the Webinar with this link: Information Overload Day 2018 Webinar

And we are always looking for anyone interested in providing guest posts or support of our organization.  If interested, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for your continued support of IORG.
Regards,
Nathan Zeldes
President, IORG

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