What would you like to see IORG work on?

IORG is a young organization, and we on its board of directors – Bill, Deva, Jonathan, Yoram and yours truly – are working hard to define the future course of action the organization should embark on in the next year or so. We have our ideas, but I’d like to hear yours.

So – let us know, in the comments to this post: what do you think we should do – keeping in mind that we must prioritize, given our limited resources at this point?

Do tell!

7 Comments

  1. There is a need for a repository of ideas submitted by people who are interested in this problem/issue. Something like a lifehacker (but not in a blog or forum representations) dedicated to this topic and well categorized.

  2. Definitely, Jeracah! IORG is dedicated to both raising awareness – if your company already has that awareness, it is in a minority – and driving solutions.

    We are currently working on a serious repository of research papers, which would also include known solutions. Stay tuned…

  3. Okay, I understand that information overload is a problem and my company does as well. Now what do we do? What are the methods that have been tried and what are the results? We need supporting evidence that what we propose to our management has worked in other places.

  4. Research needs to be collected and desiminated about knowledge worker productivity and information overload. If I had to put a guess to the cost of information overload, I would say about 2 to 3 hours per day per worker is wasted on email parsing and surfing the web. That’s over a quarter of the day! For some companies, that translates to millions of dollars. Now my 2 to 3 hours is only a guess and I’m sure most would dismiss my alarm to the productivity loss. As more and more research is assimilated to put a dollar figure on knowledge worker productivity loss, people will start to pay attention and action will be taken.

  5. I think all search engines need to be set up better. The systems that are running now are very antiquated – since it only seems to pulls keywords from pages that are most popular. (What if I don’t want to see the most popular? It’s going to take me forever to find that one webpage with valuable information on the search engine page 325)

    Although I am still a little unfamiliar with how search engines work, there needs to be some degree of instructional design built into them to improve results. Things need to be categorized – and not listed 10 webpages at a time.

    I’d really like to see more menus linking to familiar content when keywords are typed in.

  6. I think it would be of interest to have IORG consider issues which impact education in the United States, or elsewhere. Information literacy and lifelong learning skills, most would argue, provide unlimited advantages in a knowledge economy. Issues of memory retention, learning, and pedagogy might provide excellent opportunities for research and discussion.

  7. I’d like to see how companies are making system-wide changes to the way that people work (similar to the experiments that have been done at Intel). Changing individual work behavior is (relatively) simple, but getting an entire organization to shift to a more productive paradigm is quite another matter.

    Is there a way for a company to remain competitive while implementing some of the changes that we’ve all talked about? Or is it a Luddite fantasy to think that we can control the flow of information when technology continues to increase its velocity, volume, and availability?

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