Read my full professional CV, & how a passion for storytelling as a child developed into a passion for communications design.
My name is Gail Davidson. I’m a digital communications consultant, a regenerative storyteller, environmental activist, community builder, and ritual maker who lives by the Celtic wheel of the year.
My Curriculum Vitae
From 2004 I’ve worked across the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors.
I’m a storyteller – I have been since early childhood when I’d create short books with illustrations. And I always had a strong moral compass – Aesops Fables was my favourite book as a child. This grew into a teenage desire for social justice, which led to my law degree.
Disillusioned by a disappointing experience with the legal system while at university, I knew I didn’t want to practice in a system I had no faith in, and fell into legal publishing on graduating. Going back to books and product development satiated my creative needs.
In the early noughties, everything was going digital, including legal publishing. So after travelling around the world for a few months, I jumped into digital consultancy. Mainly working as a consultant across Westminster as part of the Transformational Government programme, to rationalise their digital estate and make better content and user experiences.
Since then, I’ve worked on many projects, focusing on user needs and designing dynamic content ecosystems on large information-based websites. I also freelance on projects which resonate with my ethical values.
My New Story Design
I consciously stepped out of full-time working in 2013, and since then have spent time focusing on living more sustainably, in community, retraining in permaculture design and learning to live with the rhythm and cycle of nature. I love what I do. Creating communications that evoke a connection in both the writer and reader is deeply satisfying for me. There is a saying: ‘The shortest distance between two people is a story’.
When asked to describe myself at the New Story Summit in 2014, I pondered how to pull together the last 10 years of professional and personal experience into something that made sense. I realised that I’m a designer at heart. My digital consultancy focuses on systems design, information design and communications, permaculture is ecological design, I design my own homemade products – raw food treats and organic beauty products, and I knit.
My Regenerative Story
A key part of my maturing into adulthood, has been to look at my own regenerative story. That has meant becoming aware of my place the cycles of life, death and rebirth or regeneration, and a deep personal enquiry into how to live more fully in these natural cycles.
After taking part in my first grief ritual in 2014, I began my ‘apprenticeship with sorrow’, researching and training in different models of community grief tending. In early 2019, I began facilitating grief tending rituals and working with the alchemy of loss as part of the cycle of life.
1 : formed or created again
2 : spiritually reborn or converted
3 : restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state