When I started working on mitigating Information Overload at Intel, back in the mid-90s, it was all about email overload, and the solutions we worked on then were all about how to send less and better email, sort and process incoming email faster and more sensibly, and – once we figured out the underlying cultural causes – improving norms and expectations within the organization. Nobody even considered Mindfulness then…
But recent years have seen a rapid change in the public’s awareness of Mindfulness in general, and this is fast moving into the info overload space. Just Google “Information overload and mindfulness”! People are realizing that mindfulness and meditation techniques are useful components in the battle on the hijacking of our focus and attention by the incessant incursion of messages and social media. It’s a good trend, and I recommend you pay attention to it.
Three friends of IORG are particularly active in this matter:
- IBM’s Lele Terenzani, a.k.a. “Dr. Connections”, runs a very enjoyable Webcast series called “The present show”, dedicated to communications and mindfulness.
- Lawrence Ampofo has a Podcast series on his Digital Mindfulness site, where he interviews key thinkers in this area,
- David Levy, a longtime crusader against the distractions decimating our ability to think, has now published “Mindful tech”, a book where he proposes actions and exercises to develop a more mindful attitude to our technology.