I take your point smartie, giving people bitcoin for drawings, jokes etc. is essentially what I mean when I say give-aways. You cant, to use your analogy, "teach someone to fish" in a class-room though, you need to be out on the lake with a rod and reel. My main point is Bitcoin just needs to be put into the hands of people and once they use it they are hooked. Talking someone into it is, as I said earlier, a lot harder than just "giving" them to someone - and it is a better way to convert one more person to Bitcoin. (That is what I have found anyway). I'm just wondering how the people here think we achieve that?
Just like lite-coin-guy I like to give people a couple of bucks worth and that gets them interested enough to keep checking and stay interested. I think a lot of bitcoin users do this kind of thing, but we are just small fry (to keep with the fish theme). Just imagine if Satoshi gave 0.1 coins to 10,000,000 new users, for whatever reason, that would be incredible and may be enough for bitcoin to hit critical mass. I'm not saying he should do this - its just a thought experiment because , like I said, there is such inequality in the bitcoin economy in terms of how rich the truly rich are.