Conflict Resolution And High-Stakes Conversations On Thursday's Access Utah

Jul 30, 2021

Credit Utah State University Office of Research

It sometimes seems like life is nothing but conflict these days, with heated disagreements on Social Media and around the dinner table. And you may be dreading a high-stakes conversation in your near future. Next time on Access Utah we’ll talk with consultant and USU lecturer Clair Canfield. 

Initially inspired by his own struggles with conflict, Clair Canfield is committed to changing the way people think and feel about conflict. He says, “Conflict holds up a mirror to our deepest needs and most cherished hopes and it is the doorway of opportunity for creating the change we want in our lives,” and “It is common to feel trapped and stuck when we experience conflict, but there is a way out!” His TEDxUSU talk is titled “The Beauty of Conflict.

Clair Canfield is a consultant and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and Philosophy at Utah State University, with degrees in Communication Studies and a graduate certification in alternative dispute resolution.