Sunday, January 25, 2009

My PBL Odyssey by Joe Oakey

In 1997, shortly after Joe became President Emeritus of the Autodesk Foundation, he published a series of accounts of his experiences as a youth and a young man which forged his philosophy of project-based learning. You can find these accounts at

My Brother, Joe Oakey

Joe's sister, Dorothy Crumb, has written a wonderful biography of Joe's life and work. You can download a printable PDF or view a web version at

"Don't Mourn, Spread PBL"

Joe Oakey sent me this message:

"Since I moved on, I asked Bob to share this message with you. You all know how I'd feel if you just wrote Joe Oakey Remembrances, or something like that.

Remember Joe Hill. He really captures my spirit when he said "Don't Mourn, Organize". The best way you can honor me is to spread PBL, in the U.S. and around the world.

The greatest pleasure I had through the Autodesk Foundation and Project Lead the Way was the great and passionate community we all built together of hundreds of PBL practitioners.

So use this blog at to recollect a little about what we all did together, but also share what you and others are doing now to spread PBL."

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