Carnegie UK Trust has long championed the work of rural communities across the UK and Ireland. Our report, A Charter for Rural Communities was published in June 2007. This new publication, A Manifesto for Rural Communities, builds upon the vision provided in the Charter but acknowledges the accelerating pace of economic and social change. Here we set out some very positive opportunities for rural communities (and indeed communities everywhere) to survive and thrive during what are proving to be turbulent times. This publication draws upon a rich source of evidence from real places. During the past four years, in a unique collaboration between Carnegie UK Trust and Big Lottery, forty-four progressive organisations and communities have explored some of the most pressing challenges facing rural communities.