Harvard is in the midst of graduation, and Drew Faust's Baccalaureate Address echos my observations last month in this blog about uncertainty. She tells Harvard's new graduates that "we do not need to become uncertainty’s victims. We must claim its uses."
This is a great idea, but it doesn't seem like Harvard has been "improvising our way to new solutions" in Allston. To the contrary, Harvard's closed and cautious approach couldn't be further from the jazz musicians and improv comedians that Faust sets forth as examples in her speech.
Faust is right that "the world needs good improvisers." So does Allston, especially in the Cambridge offices where so much power is held.