About a year and a half ago, I participated in a workshop with about 20 other people focused on the problem of information overload. This group included academics researching the impact and novel solutions to the problem, researchers from huge companies like Microsoft, Google, Intel, and IBM, analysts in the space, and a couple of people like me from companies working on information overload solutions.
We had a lot of great discussions, many of which really just got kicked off at the workshop. A number of us thought that it would be worthwhile to continue these discussions across this cross-section of people doing cutting-edge work in this field. We formed a steering committee and decided to build on the workshop and create a nonprofit organization focused on the huge and growing problem of information overload.
It took a lot of work, but after a year of meetings, discussions, and debates with an incredibly knowledgeable group of colleagues in this field, we’re now ready to officially launch the organization. I’m really excited about the opportunities ahead of us. Matt Richtel just wrote a great article in the New York Times that talks about the Information Overload Research Group
, some of the things we hope to accomplish, and why we think it’s so important. A couple of my fellow IORG board members, Nathan Zeldes and Jonathan Spira, are featured prominently in the article.
Our first annual conference is going to be held in New York on July 15th. The final agenda is still shaping up, but we already have a number of great speakers and panelists lined up, including Maggie Jackson, the author of the new book Distracted.
I’ll be writing quite a bit more both here and on the Information Overload Research Group blog over the coming weeks. A big thanks to all of my friends at IORG who have helped make this happen. It has been a real pleasure working with them, and I’m very excited about the future of this important organization.