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:
- Nathan Zeldes, IORG’s President – “Welcome“
- Jonathan Spira, IORG’s VP of Research – “Information Overload in the Headlines“
- Lawrence Ampofo, Director, Digital Mindfulness – “Overcoming Information Overload with Digital Mindfulness“
- Emanuele (Lele) Terenzani, Digital Sales CEE Communication Leader at IBM
(a.k.a. “Dr. Connections”) – “My Journey to NoEmail“
- Q&A from Attendees
The entire event has been recorded for your viewing pleasure![youtube]https://youtu.be/KID4naND0dA[/youtube]
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.
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!
President, the Information Overload Research Group
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!
- I will not e-mail someone and then two seconds later follow up with an IM or phone call.
- I will refrain from combining multiple themes and requests in a single e-mail.
- I will make sure the subject of my e-mail clearly reflects both the topic and urgency of the missive.
- I will read my own e-mails before sending them to make sure they are comprehensible to others.
- 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
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
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.
The theme for this year’s Overload Day is “A Challenge to the Corporate World: Lower the Overload – Send fewer Emails.“
The Information Overload Awareness Day 2015 event, sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group, is a workplace observance, now in its eighth year, that calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations.
This year’s event includes a free 60-minute webinar at 11 a.m. EDT, with several information overload speakers, and is hosted by Jonathan Spira, one of the leading experts in the field and author of “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization.” (more…)
“Tame the Overload” is the theme of Information Overload Day on Oct. 21. This year’s event includes a free 90-minute webinar at 11 a.m. EDT featuring speakers from Microsoft, Yahoo, and Knowmail, and hosted by Jonathan Spira, one of the leading experts in the field and author of “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization.”
The Information Overload Day event, sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group and held entirely on the Web, calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations. (more…)
We are pleased to announce that Overloaded 2014, the premier conference for information overload, will be held on June 7, 2014 at the pariSOMA lounge in San Francisco, CA. All who are interested in the problem of information overload, whether in industry, academia, the startup world, or as an affected individual, are welcome and encouraged to attend.
You can see visit the conference’s site to learn more about the great speakers we have lined up line Gloria Mark and Manish Sood. Buy tickets from there or by clicking the button at right. And please spread the word to all those around you who may be interested!
IORG celebrated Information Overload Day 2013 on Oct. 21 with a Webinar that brought together interesting and diverse thinkers to share their views and research. The event included:
- A panel discussion, moderated by Joshua Lyman and engaging Dmitri Leonov of Sanebox and Shawn Carolan of Handle in a discussion of email overload and innovative software solutions designed to mitigate it.
- A presentation by Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli, University of Haifa, titled “Don’t bother my interruption: the surprising side of multitasking”, where he shared some heretical views about multitasking and its role in our future.
The entire event has been recorded for your viewing pleasure!
Prof. Rafaeli’s slides can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/MTIORG2013.
The Information Overload Research Group’s Overloaded 2012 un-conference, a lively one-day gathering of information overload crusaders from a diversity of domains, was a complete success. Two dozen attendees spanning academic, industry, consulting, analyst and public sector backgrounds came together, exchanged research results, viewpoints and opinions, and formed friendships and plans for future cooperation.
We heard two interesting keynotes: Prof. David Levy of the University of Washington spoke about “Educating for Acceleration and Overload”, and Jonathan Spira, IORG’s VP of research and CEO of Basex, shared new research findings on Information Overload.
This kind of informal meeting of like minds is clearly working, and we plan to hold similar events once or twice a year in various locations. If you missed this one, we hope to see you in the next!