Stuart Connor is a Reader in Social Welfare at the University of Wolverhampton. With a background in policy analysis, in books published to date, 'Social Policy for Social Welfare professionals', co-authored with Graeme Simpson, and 'What's Your Problem?, a recurrent theme is to not only understand the impact that policies have on people's lives, but to also explore how people can and should have an impact on policies and future practices. This is reflected in the work of the Future methods group that examines the role of futures in policy and practice and the role of policy and practice in creating futures. Faced with an uncertain, contested but ultimately shared future, the group explores the concepts, tools and perspectives available for a future minded form of research that can inform policy and deepen an understanding of probable, possible and preferable futures. As part of the group, the Dial 481 project works with individuals, groups and institutions to bring future orientated approaches to life on real projects in order to inform and support future debates, policies and practices.