IORG News and Announcements

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;  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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Americans Spend almost Half their Day “Online”

According to the latest Nielsen Survey, the average American adult spends close to 3 hours a day looking at their smartphone or tablet computer.

According to the first-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report, nearly half of an adult’s day is spent viewing some sort of “online media content, with close to 3 hours a day spent looking at smartphones and tablet devices.

And if you add in the amount of time that people spend interacting with other types of “online media” in some manner, that number grows to an incredible 11 hours a day, or nearly half of our entire day, and a significant portion of our “waking hours”.

For the average American Adult (18+ years age), here is the rough break-downs of how time is being spent:

  • 4.5 Hours/Day – Watching “live” or “Time-Shifted” (recorded) television
  • 2.5 Hours/Day – Interacting on a “smartphone” device
  • 1.5 Hours/Day – Interacting on an internet-based device or tablet
  • 1.5 Hours/Day – Listening to Radio and/or Podcasts
  • 0.5 Hours/Day – Playing a “Game Console” system (Playstation, etc.)

Read the Full Nielsen Report:  The First-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report

The report includes further break-downs by various demographics, including age, gender, and race.

Overall, shows that online consumption of media continues to increase along with the greater number of media channels that are being introduced.

Interesting reading and some truly alarming time allotments being spent by people “online” as opposed to interactive with people on an interpersonal level.

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IORGCAST 6 – The History of Computing

We are happy to announce that the sixth episode of IORGcast  has been posted on the IORG YouTube Channel.


In this video, Lele Terenzani  talks with Nathan Zeldes about “The History of Computing“.

Lele is an IORG Steering Team Member and a Digital Sales Communication Leader, IBM.

Nathan is the President of IORG and a Productivity Business Consultant.

Nathan, interviewed by Lele, is showing his personal museum and talking about the history of computing from the first slide rule through today’s powerful microprocessor.

It’s a fascinating journey and you can really have a taste in it of the fast paced evolution we experienced in this century.

Check more about Nathan museum here

Make sure to listen to this video, and check out all of the videos on the IORG YouTube Channel

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IORG Podcast #2 – Dr. Lawrence Ampofo – Digital Mindfullness Master

In our second IORG Podcast, hear an interview with Dr. Lawrence Ampofo about Digital Mindfullness.

Dr. Lawrence Ampofo – Digital Mindfullness Master

Today we speak to Dr.Lawrence Ampofo.  Lawrence is a digital strategy and foreign policy professional and founder and Director of Digital Mindfulness and Semantica Research with over a decade of experience in several topics that circle around information overload.

We talk of course about digital mindfulness, what it is and why it’s relevant to reduce information overload. We a lot about our relationship with technology and the heavy side effects of being constantly connected. We touch the topic of AI, we talk about the importance of conversation, how to up-skill people to better use the information we have and how education could play an important role in this but it still doesn’t.

Fascinating discussion about even more fascinating topics.

Find Dr.Ampofo on Twitter @digitalmindful or on

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IORG Podcast #1 – Interview with Nathan Zeldes

In our first IORG Podcast, hear an interview about the start of IORG and about Information Overload Solutions with IORG founder, Nathan Zeldes.

Nathan Zeldes – President of IORG – Interview

With Nathan we talk about his past when he firstly noticed there was a problem with Information Overload and some of the solutions and experiments he applied to this problem.  We also talk about trust, leadership, being an employee in today’s enterprise with it’s rich variety of information-focused tools.

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IORGCast 5 – Go Beyond Email now on the IORG YouTube Channel

We are happy to announce that the fifth episode of IORGcast  has been posted on the IORG YouTube Channel.

In this video, Lele Terenzani  talks with Alfonso Aranda Arias about going “Beyond Email“.

Lele is an IORG Steering Team Member and a Digital Sales Communication Leader, IBM.

Alfonso is an IORG steering committee member and Microsoft Project Manager.

Key Topics Discussed include:

  • E-mail communication effectiveness today
  • What else is there for us after Email?
  • Benefits of going beyond Email

Make sure to listen to this video, and check out all of the videos on the IORG YouTube Channel


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Artificial Intelligence & Information Overload

The following is an excerpt written by Yury Gubman, Knowmail’s Head of AI, from a recent IORG interview between Emanuele Terenzani (Lele), Yury, and myself about the need to use Artificial Intelligence to solve Information Overload.

The interview can be viewed below in its entirety, while the excerpt provides a few additional notes not available in the video.

To learn more about the problem of Information Overload, best practices, and solutions, please visit IORG’s blog, resource center, and Youtube channel for interviews and more.


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IORG Launches New Monthly Webinar Series

During May 2018, Nathan Zeldes (President) described the mission and benefits provided from IORG.

Each month IORG will present a Steering Committee member or other individuals addressing challenging issues and potential solutions to IO.

IORG homepage and social media will provide specific details for forthcoming webinars.

Stay tuned!

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E-mail is not anymore a necessary channel

In the first week of IORGLiveMonth that you can watch here from Day 1 to 7 you can see as common denominator one basic concept: e-mail is not anymore a necessary tool to do our job.

On the contrary, learning to collaborate using other channels will definitively help us becoming more productive, spending less time and drastically reducing information overload.


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LeleIORGMonth – Each day a new Live broadcast to fight IO

It’s been a while I’m not using e-mails, 5 years since July 2013 and even before I started gladly advocating different forms of collaboration to avoid overused channels.

That’s where I got to meet IORG, Nathan Zeldes and all great professionals and researchers that with me share the same disappointment around the way we naturally ended up communicating between each other.

I feel the main driver of it, is a lack of education from our institutions and corporates. Nobody told us that mobile phone notifications were addictive and that our internal chemical reactions (see dopamine) is playing with us in a way that keeps us there, waiting for the next stimulus to come.


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