The How Weird Street Faire is our annual event in San Francisco, now with over 25,000 participants. It is a celebration of peace, and an attempt to create peace in practice. The street faire has evolved into a showcase of all forms of electronic music, bringing together a wide range of styles and unique cultures that share a desire for peace. This has enabled an extremely diverse cross-section of participants to connect with each other, while appreciating that our similarities are far greater than our differences. There have also been talks and workshops at the faire, on various topics related to peace. In 2007, a Peace Game was introduced at the faire. The game required assembling four different stickers that were handed out throughout the faire to see the complete peace artwork, encouraging people to work together for a common goal while valuing diversity.
Music and art can inspire peace, and transcend cultural, religious, and political differences. In 2003, we asked for songs that inspire peace from local artists who had played at the How Weird Street Faire. We released 10 great songs on a CD, now available as digital downloads, that have been heard around the world. We are still collecting songs for the next album, and feature some of those songs now on the website. The computer’s ability to create and distribute music and art is an important tool for building world peace. We need things that can bring people together and find common interests, and art does this best.