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Virtual Literary Salon on Information Overload

Five influential authors who have written books on aspects of information overload will come together for the first time in a “virtual literary salon” produced by IORG—the Information Overload Research Group.  The event takes place on June 27, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

This is the first time that all five authors—Dave Crenshaw (author of The Myth of Multitasking), Daniel Forrester (author of Consider), Maggie Jackson (author of Distracted), William Powers (author ofHamlet’s BlackBerry), and Jonathan Spira (author of Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization)—will appear on the same panel.

Each author will discuss two questions—why they wrote their book, and the issues and solutions they consider most relevant.

“The information overload problem has been kept below the radar by denial and misunderstanding for years,” says Nathan Zeldes, president of IORG. “It’s encouraging to see that it is now getting this level of exposure. The participation of these insightful authors in IORG’s efforts to raise awareness and encourage remedial action is most welcome—and I look forward to hearing what they have to say.”

Jonathan Spira, who is also a director and co-founder of the Information Overload Research Group, will moderate the panel.  “The five of us have much in common,” he says.  “We’ve all written books on some facet of information overload, and this is an opportunity for us to do two things:  Give a mini TED-style talk for eight minutes, and then interact with each other and the people who have joined us by phone.  We’re excited about the insights that will come out of this.”

Registration is free; donations are welcome. Details regarding how to dial in to the call will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Author biographies:

Dave CrenshawThe Myth of Multitasking (—Crenshaw has appeared in TIME magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, SIRIUS XM Radio, and BBC News. His first book, The Myth of Multitasking: How ‘Doing It All’ Gets Nothing Done, has been published in six languages and is a time-management best seller.  He is president of the International Association of Productivity Coaches and has helped thousands of clients worldwide. Dave will discuss the concepts behind his book and share some practical strategies he gives his CEO coaching clients to find more time and focus in their workday.

Daniel ForresterConsider ( / @dpforrester)—For the past 15 years as author and consultant (he’s a director and executive with Sapient Government Services), Forrester has addressed the complexities facing management in coping with the increasing role of government and technology as unprecedented change agents. His latest book, Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization,” argues that technology’s tsunami of information is crowding out time for reflective thinking, a mental space that leads to failures more than to successes. Forrester will focus on what it means to be reflective as a leader or part of a team when shaping big ideas and making big decisions.  He will share examples from his book, including the thinking habits of leaders like Gen. David Petraeus and the think-time routines of companies like Whirlpool and Google.

Maggie JacksonDistracted (—Jackson is an award-winning columnist and author. Her acclaimed book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, sparked a global conversation on the costs of fragmenting our attention. A longtime Boston Globe contributing columnist, Jackson is also a senior fellow at the Center for Work-Life Policy, and a sought-after speaker around the globe. Drawing from cutting-edge science, Jackson will give a primer on the enigma of attention—our most crucial human capacity. She also will share three essential strategies for recapturing the power of attention in people and organizations.

William PowersHamlet’s BlackBerry ( / @HamletsBB)—Powers is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. A former staff writer for The Washington Post, he is a two-time winner of the National Press Club’s Rowse Award for best American media commentary. Powers will talk about the core message of Hamlet’s BlackBerry—the solution to overload involves changing how we THINK about our digital devices. Powers says that digital connectedness serves us best when it’s balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness (i.e., time away from the screen).

Jonathan SpiraOverload! (—Spira is CEO and chief analyst of Basex, a research firm focusing on issues companies face as they navigate the knowledge economy. His new book, Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization is the culmination of more than 10 years of research with some of the world’s top companies (which has established that information overload in all its forms costs the U.S. economy $1 trillion per year). Drawing on that research, Spira will offer tips and strategies on how to deal with the dizzying excess of information.



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