“Creating the conditions for the no less crucial sharing of accumulated knowledge is just as essential as stimulating the generation of knowledge in the first place”
Knowledge is always the result of a collective process. Even when it apparently springs from the efforts of a lone individual, what actually happened was that that person, at any given time, arrived at a discovery, confirmation or extension of an achievement by using a storehouse of data that was initially generated long before they (or their parents and grandparents) came into the world. Knowledge is a magnificent opus to which all of us, like those who came before us, contribute every day of our lives.
Today – and this is increasingly evident in the business world, but not just there – creating the conditions for the no less crucial sharing of accumulated knowledge is just as essential as stimulating the generation of knowledge in the first place. After all, what good is knowledge if it cannot be used by everyone for the common good? It would be like writing and publishing wonderful books that can’t be read, or building beautiful homes that stand unoccupied.
In this issue of Odebrecht Informa, you will find features that also contain stories about the love of knowledge – and sharing. You will see how initiatives like the Highlight Awards, the Program for Developing Entrepreneurs (PDE), Knowledge Communities and the Odebrecht Culture Center have contributed and are still contributing to the formation of a knowledge network that enables Odebrecht’s teams to energize their spirit to serve and help make their clients’ dreams come true.
Through the reports in the following pages, you will see how each edition of the Highlight Awards, every meeting of the Knowledge Communities, each module of the PDE, all the data added to the Organization’s Intranet portals, every visit to the Culture Center, and every Thematic Café adds a new chord to this transcendent opus called knowledge in a never-ending symphony, contributing to our happiness, fulfillment and the ongoing reaffirmation of faith in humankind.