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The spontaneous order of words: economics experiments in haiku and renga


  • Stephen T. Ziliak


The search is on for low cost collaborative learning models that foster creative cooperation and growth through spontaneous competition. I propose that a twist on the traditional renga competition can help. The prize-winning Capitalistic Crisis, composed by five undergraduate students at Roosevelt University, is an example of renganomics - a spontaneous, collaboratively written linked haiku poem about economics, inspired by haiku economics (Ziliak, 2011, 2009a) and classical Japanese renga. In medieval Japan renga gatherings were social, political, and economic exchanges ' from small to elaborate parties - with a literary end: a completely unplanned, collectively written poem. Since their ancient and royal beginnings renga have been written competitively and by all social classes for stakes. So far as we know this is the first renga in English, or any language, to focus on economics. The paper concludes with economic haiku by a student and renga master in training.

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  • Stephen T. Ziliak, 2014. "The spontaneous order of words: economics experiments in haiku and renga," International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 5(3), pages 219-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijplur:v:5:y:2014:i:3:p:219-229

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