Andrew Harrison

Innovation Ambassador

Idea Connection Systems & HumanGrid

Andrew’s unique background as a social innovator, author and researcher of human motivation began in 2004 when he exchanged his master’s degree and high paying sales job for a year on the road—traveling the United States interviewing people from varied walks of life about how they came to discover passion from their work; a passion which inevitably spilled over into the remaining aspects of their lives.

His study of human motivation now spans many industries and fields. Andrew’s debut book entitled, Love Your 84,000 Hours at Work: Stories on the Road from People with Purpose and Passion (Dotted Lines Press, 2010), chronicles the inspiring journeys of a select number of people who have mastered one of the core ingredients to maintaining a happy life—loving what you do.

Andrew’s travels and studies brought him to Idea Connection Systems in 2007 where he interviewed Bob Rosenfeld. Their meeting was a connection of values and minds that spawned Andrew initially joining the company as the writer of Bob Rosenfeld and Gary Wilhelmi’s book, The Invisible Element: A Practical Guide to the Human Dynamics of Innovation (Innovatus Press, 2011).

Writing The Invisible Element allowed Andrew to learn firsthand from two expert practitioners on how innovation happens inside organizations. In the process of researching and writing the book, ICS asked him to come aboard in a more active day-to-day role.

His unique blend of analysis, sales, marketing, writing and speaking has made him a valuable asset to the ICS team and to ICS’ clients. If you are communicating with an ICS member, Andrew’s fingerprint is more than likely on the file or correspondence.

He has delivered or designed programs for numerous clients including ExxonMobil, Hallmark, Rolls Royce, Raytheon, NASA, Office of the Secretary of Defense, ARDEC, Arch Coal, Insitu, the EPA, IRI (Industrial Research Institute) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).

Andrew was also an instrumental part of the team who developed the ISPI® (Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator®). He was part of the delivery for the first ISPI® workshop in 2008 and is Master Certified in the ISPI® for delivery to individuals and groups, in analyzing and forming teams, as well as conducting organizational ISPI® analyses.

Andrew designs and delivers keynote presentations and leads workshops on the human principles that create a culture of innovation. He also instructs and inspires people on how to marry purpose and passion into their work. Andrew has a passion for teaching the tools of the innovation and career trades; a byproduct from his days as a former adjunct college professor.

Andrew’s work has been featured in the Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, as well as on local ABC, CBS, Fox, and Time Warner TV news programs, NPR radio, and a number of business journals and national magazine publications. He is currently based in Rochester, NY and is both purposeful and passionate about writing, traveling, meeting new people, speaking to groups, eating, playing golf and watching sports.