Sorry for my poor English, but I should say this anyway: "low voting participation rate" all comes from low price of MMC.
When a coin (unfortunately it's MMC now) getting cheaper and cheaper, nobody cares about its features & advantages, because no one can get any profit from it, why wasting time, why don't follow another coin.
Yes of course our dream is big and we are not speculators, but definitely we need them, we need them to promote our dream, or spread the news. Combining their profits and our dreams together!
First I think the CXO team should do, is to find as many exchange platforms as possible.
Second, everything we do, we should let everyone know, like when you want to opensource, spread the news all over internet, especially in bitcointalk.org or more.