Here's an interesting bit of news that was released earlier today: Autodesk are helping people "invest in themselves by increasing their knowledge and expanding their skills.". They're giving away time-limited (13 months) licenses for several packages including AutoCAD and have a program with free online training and discounted classroom training and certification.
Here's a question that I'd like to ask you: what would Blender need in order to offer a similar programme? Of course we have extensive documentation on-line, but it spread all over the web and can be daunting for a beginning user. Do we need some kind of quickstart document with link to good starter tutorials? A cool introduction video that shows off Blender's power and ease of use in the hands of a power user? Better presence of on-line training programmes such as Blenducation? More 'real-life' classes? What do you think?
If they can do it, then so can we! I'm sure the economic crisis is an *excellent* opportunity for Blender!