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Social futures aims to establish pathways and understanding for design’s role in addressing ‘wicked problems’ of our contemporary world. In looks towards future contexts of design that is distributed and increasingly mobile, networked, and adapted variously by future users in ways we may never know from the outset. In this context, design can explore how best to bring people into the design of invisible mediating structures around them, enable capacity building and ensure that their participation is and can be on-going in making their own futures. This endeavour builds on discourse in participatory design, transformation design, human-centred design, design for social innovation and service design.