GI+TA Romsås: building social capital and resilience through serious leisure
The importance of supporting grassroots movements in order to create sustainable communities is widely acknowledged. Yet little is known about the ways to create the conditions required for bottom-up development. The project explores how the domain of leisure can contribute to strengthening the interconnectedness in struggling communities in Norway, as illustrated through the example of Romsås sub-district of Grorud district in Oslo Municipality. The findings obtained through ethnographic research are discussed against the theoretical background on social capital, leisure, public life and emergence. Research results are used to develop a service named GITA (give and take / gi og ta). GITA Romsås is a locally-based scheme that aims at generating social capital through leisure-related activities. The system allows local citizens to get involved and help the community and receive non-monetary rewards for their contributions. The design proposal includes a co-creation toolkit for further development of the service through iteration and testing.