When it comes to innovation, often only results are reported, framing them as success stories. Yet, innovation processes are far less linear and organised than what is suggested by such examples – or theoretical models and textbooks.
The sometimes erratic journeys by which these success stories are achieved often remain obscure, just like failures or changes of direction. We demonstrate how strategic workshops were used to take decisive steps forward in an innovation process, sometimes leading to unanticipated results. By showing the practical details of what happened around the workshops on forest ecosystem services, we hope to use it to pro-vide practitioners with illustrative material from which they can learn for their own purposes. This demonstrator is a kaleidoscope of stakeholder meetings, all of which took place under very different circumstances and played different roles in the InnoForESt Innovation Regions, each developing their own innovations for forest ecosystem service provision. The analytical level of this deliverable is the individual reports on the workshop series in the Innovation Regions – i.e., the respective self-reflection of the teams that have carried out the innovation work in these regions. In this framework chapter, we give an orientation about what took place where and against what background. The reports on Constructive Innovation Assessment (CINA) workshop activities have played a functional role in InnoForESt, because they were a tried and tested means of monitoring the progress of innovation efforts in the regions. Various other tasks and deliverables have already drawn information from this, and we will continue to use it for the next deliverables. The reports were developed as living documents to serve this dynamic function, and to encourage reflection on the activities between the workshops.
Half of the cases are newly developed initiatives. ‘New’ means that they were not fully functional before in the region the project started. This is different in the three other cases in which an existing form of governance of forest ecosystem services should be renewed and the project was used as an arena and resource for precisely this purpose.